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 you took on when you had your children baptized. In order to encourage you in this endeavour, during each of the formation classes for your child, there will be a separate opportunity for you and other parents to engage with the parish community and rekindle your own faith life through Alpha. We hope these Alpha sessions will enrich the process for both you and your child.

It is through the Church that we deliberately and explicitly give witness to Christ and fulfill 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 Monday, September 23rd at 7:00 PM in the parish hall. Online registration will open September 16th, and close on September 30th. Hard copies of the registration will be available at the information session for those who don’t have access to online registration.

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. You will be asked to upload a PDF or image of your child’s baptismal certificate to the online registration form. 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 6th at the 10:30am Sunday mass, followed by the first preparation session which children and their parents are required 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. There will be 8 preparation sessions between October and February, and they will begin with the 10:30am Mass, include lunch, and be finished by 1:30pm. The dates of the classes are as follows:

Sunday Oct. 6th 10:30am until 1:00pm, Enrollment Mass and Preparation Class 1

Sunday Oct. 20th 10:30am until 1:00pm, Mass and Preparation Class 2

Sunday Nov. 3rd 10:30am until 1:00pm, Mass and Preparation Class 3

Sunday Nov. 17th 10:30am until 1:00pm, Mass and Preparation Class 4

Sunday Dec. 1st 10:30am until 1:00pm, Mass and Preparation Class 5

Sunday Jan. 12th 10:30am until 1:00pm, Mass and Preparation Class 6

Sunday Jan. 26th 10:30am until 1:00pm, Mass and Preparation Class 7

Sunday Feb. 2nd 10:30am until 1:00pm, Mass and Preparation Class 8

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. 10th at 7pm, and a Confirmation rehearsal and info night on Wedneday, Feb. 19th at 7pm.

Our tentative date for confirmation in 2020 is the weekend of February 22nd and 23rd. 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