We are going to make an effort to make things as normal as possible when it comes to the sacraments this year. With that being said, as you’ve certainly experienced in recent months, we can’t guarantee that things will go as planned.
Baptized children can receive the sacraments at age 7 (“the age of reason”), usually in their second grade year. However, if your family wants to wait until the next school year with the hope that our world is back to something more normal, that is certainly a fine option.
To prepare for the sacraments, a child must:
- Be Baptized Catholic or other recognized denomination (a list of recognized denominations is available in the Parish Office).
- Be a member of the parish at which he or she will be receiving the sacraments.
- Be at least seven years old at the time of reception of the sacraments.
Confirmation: The timing of the celebration of Confirmation in the Saginaw Diocese is currently under study by the bishop and an advisory committee to determine whether it should be left in the second grade or moved to an older age. We’ll keep you updated on how this study develops.
First Reconciliation: We are postponing traditional reconciliation preparation until Fall 2021 due to the difficulty in maintaining distance during COVID. If you would like your child to partake in reconciliation before they receive their First Eucharist, please contact Fr. Rob.
First Eucharist: Our First Eucharist preparation program for this year will be mostly virtual, but we’ll have some online community-building as part of the program, too. We’ll use various tools including video lessons with Mrs. Cathcart and Father Rob, family lessons using the God’s Gift: First Eucharist series from Loyola Press, and a final small-group in-person meeting and practice. Families may choose one of four weekends during the summer to celebrate their child’s First Eucharist at one of our regular Mass times, with our Blessed Sacrament community as witness to the special event.
For more information, contact Corinne Cathcart at email@example.com
For a First Eucharist Preparation calendar, click here.
Register below or click here to download a paper copy.