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.  Things may need to be adapted as this year unfolds with the pandemic, but below is the schedule we will begin working toward to assist you with your child’s preparation for a deeper participation in the life of Jesus Christ. Beginning in the 2021 – 2022 spiritual year, we will require a child to be in a 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 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.

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 2020-21

Oct. 18Parent & Child "Church Search"Two Options: 10-11am and 12.30 - 1.30 pmChurch
Dec. 6Penance Preparation Session for Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Feb. 7Holy Communion Preparation Session for Parents10-11amSpirit Center
By Feb. 7Sacramental Form for Holy Communion Due to Mr. McCauley at parish office10-11amSpirit Center
Mar. 25Penance service with 1st Confession7.00 pmChurch
Apr. 24First Communion Retreat: All St. Mary Parish Children9am-12pmSpirit Center
Apr. 25Mass with First Holy Communion – Children will meet by 10.3011.15 MassChurch

Preparation for Confirmation in 2020-21

Oct. 4Confirmation Preparation Session I: Candidates & Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Nov. 8Confirmation Preparation Session II: Candidates & Parents10-11amSpirit Center
By Dec. 2Sacramental Form for Confirmation Due to Mr. McCauley at RectoryRectory
By Dec. 2Completed Confirmation Retreat Form Due to Mr. McCauley at RectoryRectory
By Dec. 9Confirmation Letter to Fr. Eilerman Due to Mr. McCauley at RectoryRectory
Jan. 17Confirmation Preparation Session III: Candidates & Parents10-11amSpirit Center
Feb. 26Confirmation Retreat - Part 17-10 pmSpirit Center
Feb. 27Confirmation Retreat - Part 29 am - 6:30 pmSpirit Center
Mar. 7Confirmation Rehearsal for Candidates & Sponsors12.30 pmChurch
Mar. 9Holy Mass with Administration of Confirmation – Candidates will meet by 6.00 pm 7.00 pmChurch