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.

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.

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)

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 7:00 pm 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 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 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.


PENITENTIAL SERVICE & FIRST RECONCILIATION

Since Advent is a penitential season where all the faithful are encouraged 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 their duty to prepare themselves for Confirmation.

A Penitential service is conducted on specific evening during the week 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 within the Easter season there will be a designated Sunday mass at 10:30 for all the children who are ready to receive their First Holy Communion.

Questions regarding Sacramental Preparation can be directed to Deacon Bob Van de Laar through the Parish office at 613-728-0201 or email: secretary@saintgeorges.ca.


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