The preparation of our children for all sacraments begins at Baptism, with particular focus during this entire school year on the meaning and practical application of the Sacrament. The three Sacraments of Initiation, or belonging, through which people become full members of the Body of Christ, the Church. The sacraments include Baptism, the Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.
St George’s Parish is united with St George’s Catholic School for the delivery of an integrated Sacramental Program. The important task of raising your children in the practice of the faith is first and foremost a parental responsibility when you had your children baptized.
Children enrolled in the Catholic and Public school system will also be required to attend two combined parish instruction sessions for each sacrament. In addition, those in public school will need to receive instruction at St George’s Parish while those attending St George’s Catholic School will receive the instruction at the school.
It is through the Church that we deliberately and explicitly give witness to Christ and fulfil his call to be his presence on earth. In Confirmation, the Grade 6 candidates become full members of the Church, empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Baptism is the door to all the other Sacraments. Through Baptism, a person is constituted a son or daughter of God, a brother or sister of the Lord Jesus Christ, a Temple of the Holy Spirit, a member of the Communion of Saints and integrated into the Church. If you want your child to be baptized or if you wish your child to receive the Sacraments of the Catholic Church, but he or she has not yet been baptized (or was baptized outside the Catholic Church), please refer to the Baptism Page.
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION REGISTRATION
(School age children)
The Church relies on parental participation in preparing their children for these Sacraments. St George’s Parish conducts a Sacramental Preparation Registration and Information night on the first Tuesday in October at 7:00PM in the parish hall.
Parents can download the detailed Sacramental Preparation Registration Form that is released in September each year; having it completed in advance will expedite the registration process during the meeting. At the meeting, we will address the programme of sacramental preparation for both the children who do and do not attend St George Catholic School. In addition, we will address any unique situations. The parish catechist for public school children is Alex Bourbonier, a teacher within the Catholic school system. For special cases we have Ruth Ann McClure, director of the Good Shepherd program in the parish.
Parents are reminded that children can only receive the Sacraments of the Catholic Church if they have been baptized in (or received into) the Catholic Church. Therefore, a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate is required to register for sacramental preparation. If you cannot find the original certificate, you can obtain a copy from the parish in which your child was baptized. However, if your child was baptised at St George’s please indicate it on the form and the approximate date of the baptism. If your child has not yet been baptized (or was baptized outside the Catholic Church), please refer to Baptisms at St George’s.
All the sacraments of the church are a celebration and an extension of the Catholic community at St George’s Church. There will be a special enrolment mass for all children going through sacramental preparation during a designated Sunday mass at 10:30 am.
The children will be asked if they will co-operate with their parents, teachers and their parish so that they will be ready to receive the sacraments. Parents will be asked if they will actively participate in the religious education of their children, and support and encourage their children by your word and example.
Children preparing for Confirmation enrolled in either the Catholic or Public school system are required to attend a day retreat conducted at St George’s parish on the specified date. The retreat is a fun filled day of activities conducted by NET (National Evangelization Team) which is based in Ottawa. The last step in their preparation before Confirmation will be to attend two Saturday sessions before the vigil mass. These sessions are very important not only sacramentally but for your children’s maturation as fully initiated members of the Catholic Church. The celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation is normally conducted during a Saturday Vigil mass at 5:00 pm prior to Ash Wednesday and the commencement of Lent.
Questions regarding Sacramental Preparation can be directed to Deacon Bob Van de Laar through the Parish office at 613-728-0201 or email: email@example.com
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