Sacramental Preparation

O God, awho bring us to participate in the mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of your Son, grant, we pray, that, strengthened by the spirit of adoption as your children, we may always walk in newness of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Sacramental Preparation Information

On 11 July 2019 a postal mailing went out to active St. Mary School, St. Mary Parish School of Religion, and St. Mary Homeschool families with information on sacramental preparations for the coming year. If you’ve a child who could potentially begin preparing for Reconciliation and holy Communion or Confirmation this coming year, and didn’t receive a postal mailing, please contact Brian McCauley by mid August to make a sacramental plan.

Below are the sacramental preparation calendars for Penance & Holy Communion and Confirmation.  If your child intends to present himself/herself for these sacraments, please place these important dates on your calendar now. It is expected that the child and their parents attend these sessions. If there is a serious conflict, it is your responsibility to contact Brian McCauley in advance of the session. Please seriously communicating this information to any extracurricular programs your child may be involved in – especially the weekend Confirmation Retreat to eliminate any difficulties immediately before important spiritual events.

Our opening parent sacramental preparation meeting for parents of all children preparing for sacraments will be on Sunday, 15 September 2019 from 10-11 am in the Spirit Center. 

Brian McCauley
Director of Sacramental Preparations
740.653.5054 | Email

A Note to St. Mary School Families

Since the young people who make up the student body at St. Mary School come from many different parishes, there may exist some confusion on where the sacraments of first holy Communion and Confirmation are to be celebrated. These Sacraments of Initiation are to be celebrated in the parish church where the person receiving the sacrament is a parishioner. If there is some extenuating circumstance, it is then the responsibility of the child’s family to speak with their parish pastor so he can make a pastoral decision as to how best to proceed with the child’s reception of a sacrament. The parish we belong to is our spiritual home and the community where our faith is nurtured and supported. In a parochial school setting where the student body is made up of parishioners from different parishes it is important that the host parish does not assume a role that it doesn’t have. Here at St. Mary School, we will always respect the relationship that our students have as parishioners at their own parishes.

Preparation for Confession and Holy Communion in 2019 – 2020

Sept. 15Meeting for Parents of Children Preparing for the Sacraments of Penance & Holy Communion or Confirmation10-11amSpirit Center
Nov. 17Penance & Communion Parent & Child "Church Search"10-11amChurch
Dec. 8Penance Preparation Session for Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Feb. 2Holy Communion Preparation Session I: For Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Feb. 2Sacramental Form for Holy Communion Due to Mr. McCauley at parish office10-11amSpirit Center
Mar. 8Holy Communion Preparation Session II: For Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Apr. 22Penance service with 1st Confession6.30 pmChurch
Apr. 25First Communion Retreat: All St. Mary Parish Children12 noon - 3 pmSpirit Center & Church
Apr. 2611.15 Mass with First Holy Communion – Children will meet by 10.3011.15 MassChurch

Preparation for Confirmation in 2019 – 2020

Sept. 15Meeting for Parents of Children Preparing for the Sacraments of Penance & Holy Communion or Confirmation10-11amSpirit Center
Oct. 6Confirmation Preparation Session I: Candidates & Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Oct. 13Confirmation Preparation Session II: Candidates & Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Nov. 3Confirmation Preparation Session III: Candidates & Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Dec. 4Sacramental Form for Confirmation Due to Mr. McCauley at RectoryRectory
Dec. 11Confirmation Letter to Fr. Eilerman Due to Mr. McCauley at RectoryRectory
Jan. 12Confirmation Preparation Session IV: Candidates & Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Feb. 14-16Confirmation Retreat Weekend at Camp DamascusTBDCamp Damascus
Mar. 8Confirmation Rehearsal for Candidates & Sponsors12.30 pmChurch
Mar. 10Holy Mass with Administration of Confirmation – Candidates will meet by 6:15pm7.00 pmChurch

Register your child to attend the Confirmation Retreat at Camp Damascus – February 2020

1.     Go to and click “register online”.
2.     Create an account for you and your student (or log in if you have an existing account with Damascus or CYSC)
3.     Go to “Make a Reservation”
4.     Select “I belong to a group that has already reserved space”
5.     Enter the code C8MARY
6.     Select the session that appears, fill out the forms, and complete the reservation.