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. 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. 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.

The Church relies on parental participation in preparing their children for the Sacraments, including conversations about the material presented at the preparation, and the practice of prayers at home. Material will be sent home at each session to help parents support their children in their learning. Children enrolled in Sacramental Preparation at St. George's parish will be required to attend 6 preparation classes total: 3 preparation sessions for Reconciliation in the fall, and 3 preparation sessions for First Communion in the winter/spring. Each child must have a parent or guardian attending the session with him or her. Each session begin at 10:30am with Mass and moves into the preparation class, to be finished by 1pm. The dates of the 6 required sessions are:

Sunday 21 October 2018

Sunday 4 November 2018

Sunday 25 November 2018

Sunday 10 February 2019

Sunday 24 March 2019

Sunday 7 April 2019

The children in Grade 2 learn to forgive others and to celebrate the fact that Jesus will forgive us if we are sorry. This is part of what it means to become active, participating members of the Church and to prepare for Holy Communion. The parish sessions emphasizes the reality that we are members of the Family of God called to gather at the Table of the Lord week in and week out to be fed by Jesus with himself. The children are taught that God's children try to imitate the love of Jesus.


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)

Online registration will open on September 10, and close on Oct. 5th. St George’s Parish will conduct the 2018 Sacramental Preparation Registration and Information Session at 7:00 pm in the parish hall on 25 September. There will be hard copies of the registration form available at this meeting for those who are unable to register online.

At the meeting, we will address the Sacramental Preparation program, which is the same for children who do and do not attend St George Catholic School. In addition, we will address any unique situations.  

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. 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 Baptism’s 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 enrolment mass for all children going through sacramental preparation on Sunday, 21 October, 2018 at the 10:30am Mass, with the first preparation session to follow.

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.


PENITENTIAL SERVICE & FIRST RECONCILIATION

Advent is a penitential season where all the faithful are encouraged to prepare for the coming of our Saviour at Christmas by going to confession. It is for this reason that all children preparing for the sacraments of Holy Communion or Confirmation are to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For some children it will be their First Reconciliation and for others it will be in order to prepare themselves for Confirmation.

The Penitential service this year will be conducted on Tuesday, Dec. 4th at 7pm for children celebrating their First Reconciliation and Confirmation along with the entire parish community.


HOLY COMMUNION

After the children have celebrated their First Reconciliation during Advent they will prepare for the sacrament of Holy Communion during the Lenten season. In the spring, children who are ready to receive their First Holy Communion will do so on at the 10:30am Mass on Sunday, 28 April, 2019

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