St. Helen Catholic Parish Sacrament Preparation Program 2018-19

St. Helen Catholic Parish Sacrament Preparation Program 2018-19

 

Faith Formation for Children:

Faith Formation a continuous process of growing into a deeper relationship with our Lord.  Similar to academics, we do not stop learning after elementary.  We graduate into high school.  We even want to further our learning in College and some take their masters or doctorate degree.  The Truth, Goodness and Beauty of God is infinite.  We can spend eternity learning about the wonders of Jesus.

Faith Formation begins at home.  We, at St. Helen Parish, wish to assist families in preparing a strong foundation for their children and the parents themselves,  grow in their faith. 

We have weekly classes for children from Kindergarten through 5th grade in the elementary program.  The parents also gather once a month  for fellowship and support, learning about their faith,  and praying together.  Please see Faith Formation calendar in the Faith Formation tab. 

Attendance in Faith Formation is required for children preparing to receive the Sacraments.

 

Reconciliation Preparation Program

For Children 7 and above who have received the Sacrament of Baptism:

To receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the candidate is expected to be:

- enrolled and regularly attending Faith Formation Program (once a week);

- in 2nd grade or higher;

- attending Sunday mass (or Sunday Vigil mass held late afternoons on Saturdays)

- present with their parent (s) and/ or sponsor in all scheduled Reconciliation classes and retreat (6 additional sessions in the Spring of the first year enrolled in Faith Formation, 2nd grade and above)

 

Confirmation and First Holy Communion Preparation Program

For Children 7 and above who have received the Sacrament of Baptism & Reconciliation:

To receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the candidate is expected to be:

- enrolled in and regularly attending their 2nd year of Faith Formation (once a week);

- in 3rd grade or higher;

- attending Sunday mass (or Sunday Vigil mass held late afternoons on Saturdays);

- present with their parent (s) and / or sponsor in all scheduled Confirmation and First Holy Communion Preparation classes and retreat (7 additional session in the Spring of their 2nd year in Faith Formation, 3rd grade and above.)

 

Children who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation will need a sponsor.  Sponsors must be at least sixteen years old. They may not be the natural or adoptive parents of the Confirmation candidate. They must be fully initiated into and an active registered member of the Catholic Faith (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist). They must be leading a life in harmony with the Faith. They must be free of any canonical impediment (RC 5-6; Canon 874, 892-893; CCC 1311; RCIA 10.2)

A sponsor should be faithful Catholic who walks with the candidate as witness and guide.  They should display maturity for this role and willingness to witness faith to the candidate. It is recommended that someone nearby be chosen as the sponsor. Sponsors are to support their candidate during the preparation process through prayer, words of encouragement and attendance when required and are to present the candidates to the bishop for anointing.  (www.dphx.org)

 

 Preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism for Children 7 years and above:

-The child should be enrolled  and regularly attending Faith Formation classes;

-The child should be attending regular Sunday mass (or Sunday Vigil mass held late afternoons on Saturdays);

- In the second year of Faith Formation, the child and parent will attend additional classes for Baptism, Reconciliation and Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

- If the child meets the requirements, he will receive the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Fist Holy Communion) during the Easter Vigil in his second year for Faith Formation.

 

NOTE: There should be no gap between the first and second year of faith formation for attendance/participation to be valid. The two years of attendance should be consecutive years.