Preparation for the Sacraments
Direct preparation for the Sacraments is distinct from the regular parish faith formation instruction and is the responsibility of the parish. Children must be baptized. A baptismal certificate is required. (Additional information for the preparation for specific Sacraments is available on the parish website) Sacramental preparation is a journey for parents and their children together.
Parents of students who reach Catechetical age and have not been baptized as a Roman Catholic should speak to Kathy Seiselmyer, Faith Formation Coordinator.
Students enrolled in Direct Preparation for First Eucharist and Confirmation must have a copy of their Baptism Certificate on file with the Faith Formation Program.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist
General preparation will take place for Grades 1 and 2 during Sunday morning classes. These Faith Formation classes for Grades 1 and 2 are required for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. If your child did not attend Faith Formation classes in 1st grade, speak to the Coordinator. Students not attending classes at Our Lady of the Rosary must provide proof of participation in another program as a requirement to enter the “Direct Preparation.”
Direct Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist also takes place during Grade 2. There are additional requirements which include events such as Parent/Child meetings, rehearsals, familiarization with prayers associated with the Mass and Sacraments. (See Schedule)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist are celebrated while the child is in second grade. If a child has not made their First Reconciliation and First Eucharist and is currently in Grade 3, 4, or 5, the child’s parents should speak directly to the Faith Formation Coordinator. If the young adult is in Grade 6 or above, the young adult’s parents should speak directly to the Faith Formation Coordinator.
Sacrament of Confirmation:
Direct Preparation for Confirmation is offered in the summer or fall following the completion of 9th grade. Requirements for eligibility for participation in Direct Preparation are found on our webpage. Grades 9 and 10 Faith Formation classes are required for Confirmation. Attendance at all sessions is essential. Students not attending classes at Our Lady of the Rosary must provide proof of participation in another program as a requirement to enter the “Direct Preparation”.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated when the young adult is in the 10th grade.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Continuing Relationship with God
As children mature, their understanding of maintaining a loving relationship also matures as well as the fact that sometimes that relationship is broken or damaged. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an encounter with our loving and most compassionate God, inviting us to grow in holiness and love of God and neighbor.
Therefore, each Advent (the weeks before Christmas) and each Lent (the 40 days before Easter), classes in Grade 3-10 will incorporate a reflection on fixing damaged or broken relationships with God and neighbor. Students will be invited along with their families, to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Schedule of Reconciliation Services will be made available before Advent and again before Lent.