Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental Preparation

 

To prepare for the sacraments, a child must:

·        Be baptized Catholic or other recognized denomination. (A list of recognized denominations is in the Faith Formation Office.

·        Be a member of the parish at which he or she is planning on receiving the sacraments.

·        Have been enrolled in Faith Formation or Catholic school for the year prior to the year in which he or she plans to receive the sacraments. That is, a second grader planning to receive the sacraments would need to have been enrolled in Faith Formation in 1st grade.

·         Be 7 years old at the time of reception of the sacraments.

 

Reconciliation*

 

At Blessed Sacrament, preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation consists of:

·         attendance at one parent-child preparation session.**

         Choose one: Sunday, October 1, 2-4:30 or Saturday, October 14, 9:30-12:00

·          following the home study program to be completed before Jesus Experience Day.

·         the child’s attendance at Reconciliation Jesus Experience Day.

          Reconciliation Jesus Experience Day is Saturday, December 2, 9-12

  

*Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a prerequisite for the reception of the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. 

 

**Parent-child SessionThere are two dates you may choose from for the parent-child session. Please pick the one that works best for your family.

 

Home Study Program

The books used for the home study program are God’s Gift: Reconciliation published by Loyola Press, which is accompanied by a family guide called Together to help you utilize the child’s book to its maximum potential. The books may be purchased during the parent-child session for $20. Let Mary know if the book fee is a hardship for your family. She will be happy to make arrangements to have it covered for you.

 

The home study program should be completed before Reconciliation Jesus Experience Day.

 

Children are expected to attend Jesus Experience Day (JED). Reconciliation JED is a retreat-style morning which includes a variety of activities, snack time, and Individual Reconciliation. You will receive more information about JED at the parent-child prep session.

 

Confirmation/Eucharist***

 

At Blessed Sacrament, preparation for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist consist of:

·         attendance at one parent-child preparation session.****

         Choose one: Saturday, January 6, 9:30-12:00 or Sunday, January 21, 2:00-4:30

·         following the home study program to be completed before Jesus Experience Day.

·         the child’s attendance at Confirmation/Eucharist Jesus Experience Day.

          Confirmation/Eucharist Jesus Experience Day is Saturday, March 24 from 9-12.

 

 ***The date for the celebration of the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist is set by the bishop's office. We will get that date out as soon as we know it, usually in late October. There will be a practice from 10-11am  the Saturday morning before Confirmation-Eucharist Sunday.

 

 ****Parent-child Session: There are two dates you may choose from for the parent-child session. Please pick the one that works best for your family.

The purpose of this session is to allow all of us to reflect on the meaning of the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist and to provide parents with guidance in how to support your child for this celebration.

 

Home Study Program

The books used for the home study program may be purchased during the parent-child session. Let Mary know if the book fee is a hardship for your family. She will be happy to make arrangements to have it covered for you.

 

Confirmation/Eucharist Jesus Experience Day

 Children are expected to attend Jesus Experience Day (JED), a retreat-style morning which includes a variety of activities, snack time, and practice receiving Eucharist for the first time.  You will receive more information about JED at the parent-child prep session.

 

 

Attendance at the parent-child prep session and Jesus Experience Day is NOT OPTIONAL. These sessions are a vital part of on-going catechesis for both the children and the adults in their lives designed to foster a deeper commitment to follow Jesus Christ. If your family has a conflict with both of the parent-child session dates and/or the JED dates, you may want to wait to enroll your child in Sacramental Prep in 2018-19.