Sacramental Preparation for Baptized Children

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

Below are the sacramental preparation calendars for Penance & Holy Communion and Confirmation for 2021-2022. A child should be in religious education each year and we require a child to be in formal religious education program the year before a sacramental year for first Penance & holy Communion or 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 parent(/s) attend these sessions. If there is a serious conflict, it is your responsibility to contact Brian McCauley 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.

Brian McCauley
Director of Sacramental Preparations
740.653.0997 | 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 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 2021-2022

Oct. 31Family "Church Search"10-11 amChurch
Dec. 5Penance Preparation Session for Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Feb. 6Holy Communion Preparation Session 1 for Parents10-11amSpirit Center
By Feb. 6Sacramental Form for Holy Communion Due to Mr. McCauley at parish office10-11amSpirit Center
Feb. 20Holy Communion Preparation Session 2 for Parents10-11 amSpirit Center
Mar. 24Penance service with 1st Confession7.00 pmChurch
May 7First Communion Retreat: All St. Mary Parish Children9am-12pmSpirit Center
May 8Mass with First Holy Communion – Children will meet by 10.3011.15 MassChurch

Preparation for Confirmation in 2021-2022

Sept. 19Confirmation Preparation Session I: Candidates & Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Oct. 3Confirmation Preparation Session II: Candidates & Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Oct. 17Confirmation Preparation Session III: Candidates & Parents10-11amSpirit Center
By Dec. 5Sacramental Form and Retreat Forms for Confirmation Due to Mr. McCauley at RectoryRectory
By Dec. 5Confirmation Retreat Registrations DueRectory
By Dec. 12Confirmation Letter to Fr. Eilerman Due to Mr. McCauley at RectoryOnline & to Rectory
Jan. 23Confirmation Preparation Session IV: Candidates & Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Mar. 25-27Confirmation Retreat (Fri. 4.10 pm - Sun. 1 pm)Camp Damascus in Centerburg, Ohio
Apr. 3Confirmation Rehearsal for Candidates & Sponsors (or a parent stand-in)after 11.15 MassChurch
Apr. 5Holy Mass with Confirmation – Candidates will meet by 6.15 pm 7 pmChurch