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Sacramental Preparation for Baptized Children

O God, who 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

Below are the sacramental preparation calendars for Penance & Holy Communion and Confirmation for the 2022-2023 spiritual year. The sacramental preparation calendars are updated each June for the coming year.  A child should be in religious education each year and announced previously, we require a child to be in a formal religious education program for at least the year before a sacramental year for first Penance & holy Communion or Confirmation, so the child’s 1st and 7th grade religious education years. Children should be in religious education each year, ideally beginning in Kindergarten and ending after a year or two of high school sessions.

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 parent(/s) attend these sessions (unless they are for parents only in the case of penance and holy communion prep). If there is a serious conflict, it is your responsibility to contact the sacramental preparation director in advance of the session. Please communicate 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.

The Sacramental Preparations Schedule is posted each June for the coming year so families can plan accordingly.

 

Some Important Information, please read each closely as some my apply to your family or situation:

General Sacramental Preparation Head’s-Up: First Parent Sacramental Prep Session – Sunday, 11 September, 10-11 am in the spirit center
For St. Mary Parish Families who have had a child in religious education via St. Mary School (or another Catholic School), St. Mary PSR/CCD, or Homeschool Catholic Religious Education program, for at least one year and the child is now beginning his/her 2nd or 8th grade year, and able ot begin sacramental prep for to begin receiving celebrating the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion, or in 8th grade and able to complete Christian Initiation with the sacrament of Confirmation, Parents, please plan for one of you to attend this initial sacramental prep parent session on 11 Sept from 10-11 am in the spirit center. Questions, concerns, or if your child has not been receiving formal religious education, or not prepared for and received a sacrament(s) and is now older and you’ve returned (or would like to return) to the active practice of the faith and sacramental life and would now like for your child to prepare for and receive a sacrament(s) that he/she missed, please contact Michael O’Donnell (modonnell@stmarylancaster.org) who will be coordinating sacramental preparation this year so he and Father Eilerman can speak to you question, or talk with you about your situation and together determine a way forward. Please reach out before the 11 September meeting so a conversation can begin and, if possible this year, plan to attend that first parent session and be on track for this year. Thank you.

Religious Education for Homeschooled Children or Children who attend a Catholic school other than St. Mary School and Sacramental Preparation
If you are a registered family in St. Mary of the Assumption parish, have a child that is homeschooled and uses a catholic religious education curriculum for religious education, or if your child has been attending a Catholic school other than St. Mary, and your child is in 2nd grade or 8th grade, had religious education last year, and could begin preparing for the sacraments of penance and holy Communion or Confirmation, please email the name of your child, how he or she is/has been receiving religious education, and family contact information to modonnell@stmarylancaster.org.

A Note to St. Mary School Families and Sacramental Preparation
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 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.

Questions?
Please, Contact the Parish Office (740.653.0997)
or Sacramental Preparation Coordinator for 2022-23
Michael O’Donnell

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 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 2022-2023

Sept. 11Parent Opening Sacramental Preparation Gathering10-11 amSpirit Center
Nov. 13Family "Church Search"10-11 amChurch
Dec. 4Penance Preparation Session for Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Feb. 5Holy Communion Preparation Session 1 for Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Feb. 5Sacramental Form for Holy Communion Due at parish office10-11amSpirit Center
Mar. 5Holy Communion Preparation Session 2 for Parents10-11 amSpirit Center
Mar. 23Penance service with 1st Confession for children7.00 pmChurch
Apr. 29First Communion Retreat: All St. Mary Parish Children9am-12pmSpirit Center
Apr. 30Mass with First Holy Communion – Children will meet by 10.3011.15 MassChurch

Preparation for Confirmation in 2022-2023

Sept. 11Opening Parent Sacramental Preparation Gathering10-11 amSpirit Center
Oct. 2Confirmation Preparation Session I: Candidates & Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Oct. 16Confirmation Preparation Session II: Candidates & Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Oct. 30Confirmation Preparation Session III: Candidates & Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Dec. 4Sacramental Form, Sponsor Form, and Retreat Forms for Confirmation Due to RectoryRectory
Dec. 4Confirmation Retreat Registrations DueRectory
Dec. 11Confirmation Letter to Fr. Eilerman Due at RectoryOnline & to Rectory
Jan. 29Confirmation Preparation Session IV: Candidates & Parents10-11amSpirit Center
TBD.Confirmation Retreat
TBD.Confirmation Rehearsal for Candidates & Sponsors (or a parent stand-in)after 11.15 MassChurch
Mar. 1911.15 am Holy Mass with ConfirmationChurch