Confirmation: The formal preparation for this sacrament begins in grade 6, with Confirmation usually conferred in the Fall of 8th grade. It is expected that all children will have attended religious education classes from grade 1. In addition to weekly classes, there are Formation evenings, a petitioning ceremony, an enrollment ceremony and an acceptance ceremony, service projects, Sponsor/Candidate meetings, and parent meetings.
Overview of the Religious Education Program: Volunteer catechists and parish staff help prepare candidates and their families to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Class schedules and parent meetings vary by grade.
- Grade 1: The Parent Educator Program starts the formal education. After completing a theological background course, the parents instruct and prepare their children at home weekly. The children attend monthly sessions on Tuesday afternoons.
- Grades 2–7: Weekly catechetical instruction continues in a classroom setting. The children participate in a variety of learning and prayer experiences. Approved religion texts are used with other support materials.
- Grade 8: Immediate preparation for Confirmation with an acceptance for Confirmation ceremony, retreat day, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a special class on living the Christian life, rehearsal for the Confirmation liturgy and reception of Confirmation.
Family Liturgy: Join us at our Family Mass offered each Sunday (September–June) at 9:00 am. It offers a special welcome for children of all ages, and our Children’s Choir leads the singing. Our parish children participate in special Masses hosted by children preparing for a sacrament or in a specific grade.