THE PROCESS

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. There are 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. 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.

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

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 Tuesday, September 18th  at 7:00 PM in the parish hall.

The fee for sacramental preparation at St. George's is $30 per student. This fee goes toward the program, supplies for the classes, photography, and a reception; a further breakdown of the costs of the program will be addressed at the meeting. If this cost is inhibitive for your family, please don't hesitate to contact Charity and something will be arranged.

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. Please scan and send a copy of your child's baptismal certificate to youth@saintgeorges.ca, or drop a copy off at the parish office. 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. 


ENROLMENT SUNDAY

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 enrollment mass for all confirmation candidates on Sunday, October 14th at the 10:30 am Sunday mass, followed by the first preparation session which children and their parents need to attend.

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 their word and example. 


CONFIRMATION

Confirmation candidates are required to attend and participate in the preparation classes offered at the parish. These sessions are very important not only sacramentally but for your children’s maturation as fully initiated members of the Catholic Church. The dates of the classes are as follows:

Oct 14th 10:30am until 1:00pm, Enrollment Mass and Preparation Class 1 (children and parents)

Friday Oct. 26th, 7:00pm until 9:00pm, Preparation Class 2 (children only)

Friday Nov. 9th, 7:00pm until 9:00pm, Preparation Class 3 (children only)

Friday Nov. 23rd, 7:00pm until 9:00pm, Preparation Class 4 (children only)

Sunday Jan. 13th, 10:30am until 1pm, Mass and Preparation Class 5 (children and parents)

Friday Feb. 1st, 7:00pm until 9:00pm, Preparation Class 6 (children only)

Should there be a scheduling conflict for 2 or fewer classes, please speak to Charity in advance. In these circumstances, homework will be assigned and must be completed at home with parents and handed in at the next preparation class. Students may not miss more than 2 classes.

In addition to the preparation classes, there will be a mandatory Reconcilliation service on Tuesday Dec.4th at 7pm, and a Confirmation rehearsal and info night on Wedneday, Feb. 13th at 7pm.

Our tentative date for confirmation in 2019 is the weekend of March 2nd and 3rd. Because the Bishop presides over the Confirmation Mass at each parish in the Archdiocese, and a schedule must be drawn up for all parishes, it will be some time before this is date is confirmed.

Questions regarding Sacramental Preparation can be directed to Charity through the Parish office at 613-728-0201      or email: youth@saintgeorges.ca