SACRAMENT PREPARATION

The best preparation for sacraments is participation at Mass at least weekly and praying daily as a family at home.  Children are prepared for the Sacraments of First Penance, First Communion, and Confirmation through their Faith Formation sessions, retreats, home study, and parent meetings. Parental participation is emphasized. Parents receive details through bulletin announcements, emails and in the mail at the appropriate time.

Catholic School and home-school parents should register their children with our office so that they will be included for the mailings. For Catholic children who missed receiving sacraments at the traditional age, we will design a program tailored to their needs.

First Reconciliation

As children learn more about the sacrament of Baptism in CGS Level I and II sessions, they will want to receive the sacrament of healing, Reconciliation also knows as Penance or Confession.  They are further prepared by ongoing reflections on Moral Parables and the life of Jesus in 2nd grade.  A few special sessions for parents only, parents and children, and children retreats will be held throughout the year. First Reconciliation is usually scheduled during the beginning of the Lenten season.  See the schedule of special events on the Jesus Journey for 2nd grade families.

2nd Grade Curriculum

Important meeting for parents/guardians of children in 2nd grade (children who are 2nd year in Level II) preparing to receive 1st Communion:
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 in the double classroom with Fr. Murphy

First Eucharist   

After two years in Level II CGS, usually in 2nd grade the children who attend mass regularly are eager to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in the sacrament of Eucharist.  After participating fully in the Faith Formation sessions for at least two years, Jesus Journeys (special retreats), and occasional parent sessions, the child along with his/her parents/guardians  may choose  to receive First Eucharist during particular Sunday Masses within the Easter Season.  Children with their family decorate a banner that will be placed on their pew for First Eucharist Mass.

Confirmation

Confirmation classes will be held Sunday AM from 9 – 10:15 or Monday PM from 5:45 – 7:15. There is no homeschool option available. We also remind everyone that regular attendance is important and anyone missing more than 5 sessions will need to meet with both Fr. Murphy and Amanda Kramer with their parents to discuss whether they are properly prepared and ready to be Confirmed.

We are very excited to debut a brand-new Confirmation program entitled Chosen.  Chosen is a dynamic, video-based curriculum designed to light the fire of faith in Confirmation candidates.  We believe this will truly deepen the candidate’s faith, reaching them with topics relevant to their daily lives.  The Chosen videos were filmed all over the world and feature well-known Catholic speakers, many of whom participated in last year’s National Catholic Youth Conference.  More information on the program can be found at www.confirmationstudy.com

Confirmation has not yet been scheduled.  As soon as we receive the date, we will pass it along to families.

Confirmation Packet Materials

Candidate Commitment Form – Please sign and return 1 copy along with your Class Sign-Up Form.  Keep the other copy for your records.
Service Hours Form – Please record your volunteer service hours on this form, which will be due in December 2014.  On the chart, fill in the name of the service project and include 2 sentences on how you felt doing the service.  There is no required number of hours – we only ask that candidates make a good faith effort.  The sheet lists several service opportunities, but you are not limited to these.  The only requirements are that the service is volunteered (not paid) and no “double-dipping” is allowed.   More information can be found on the sheet.
My Patron Saint Form – Due on September 14th, the first day of classes.  Please list your patron saint, draw or print out a photo of the saint, fill in the patron and feast day sections, and color in the geographic area where they hail from.  On the bottom of the form, write as many facts about the saint as you can.  Additionally, candidates must write a short paper (2 paragraphs) explaining why they have chosen their saint and how that saint will be a model of the faith for them
Confirmation Sponsor Information – Also due on September 14th.  Please fill in the candidate’s name, sponsor’s name and sponsor’s home parish.  If the sponsor is from a parish other than St Fidelis, they much provide a Sponsor Letter from their home parish.
Outlines of the Catholic Faith – This packet covers all of the basic information that candidates should know.  This information will be the basis of the candidate interviews that Father Murphy conducts prior to the sacrament.

If you have any questions concerning the Confirmation program, please contact Amanda Kramer.

Note… this Sacrament Preparation is different from the general parish category of Sacraments, which is listed elsewhere, except for Baptism.  That section probably includes Mass schedules, wedding prep etc.