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Parents are instructed on the meaning of baptism and the responsibility of raising their child in the faith. Classes are held on the first Sunday of each month from 10:45 am – 12:15 pm in the conference room in the parish office. To register for classes and schedule a baptism, email Debbie Kitchen or email@example.com.
Click here for the Baptism Registration Form.
To prepare for the sacrament of reconciliation, a child must be enrolled in the parish Faith Formation program or attend Catholic school for at least one year prior to and also during the year of preparation. The family is directly involved in preparing the child for the sacrament. Please complete the Faith Formation Registration Form to register a child for preparation for First Reconciliation and Eucharist.
To prepare for the sacrament of the Eucharist, a child must be enrolled in the parish Faith Formation program or attend Catholic school for at least one year prior to and also during the year of preparation. The family is directly involved in preparing the child for the sacrament. Please complete the Faith Formation Registration Form to register a child for preparation for First Reconciliation and Eucharist.
The Confirmation preparation program guides adolescents into the experience of the fullness of the Holy Spirit through the completion of the sacraments of initiation. Through confirmation, the young person is sealed with the Holy Spirit to bear witness to Jesus Christ through service to the parish and the greater community. Please complete the Faith Formation Registration Form to register a child for preparation for Confirmation.
Confirmation SPONSOR/CANDIDATE ORIENTATION slideshow presentation October 2017
Confirmation for adults is available for those 18 and older who have received the Sacrament of the Eucharist and catechesis in the Catholic faith through eighth grade. Please contact Dr. Little for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marriage is a sacred covenant of life and love established between a man and woman. The sacrament of marriage is ordered by God to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children. Couples are to contact the parish office 6 months in advance of celebrating their marriage. Marriage preparation includes meeting with a priest or deacon and participation in marriage preparation through Pre-Cana classes, Sponsor Couple or Engaged Encounter retreat.
Contact: Msgr Jay 410-923-7060 or email@example.com or Fr Conklin 410-923-7060 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the Church’s guide for forming and welcoming those who wish to be initiated into the Catholic Church. The process, called the “catechumenate,” is modeled on that practiced in the early Church. It’s “an apprenticeship of the entire Christian life” (General Directory for Catechesis, #67), a journey that involves conversion, reflection on Scripture, formation in the gospel way of life and integration into the community—its prayer, relationships, and outreach. —J McKamey.
OLF offers a year-round process and accepts inquiries at any time. RCIA is for: those who are not baptized; those who were baptized into another Christian denomination; and those baptized Catholics who were not instructed in the Catholic faith and have not completed their Christian initiation through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Brochures explaining the process can be found in the breezeway.
The Inquiry is for those interested in learning about Christ and the faith. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month in Room 204 from 6:30-8:00 pm during the Summer, then weekly from September-June.
The Catechumenate is for those individuals seeking to become a part of the Catholic faith. During this phase, the catechumen and candidate study the faith in a more intentional manner, explore the church’s worship and prayer life, developing community and embrace service. This group meets on Tuesdays, in Room 203 from 6:30-8:00 pm from September-early June.
Once a person discerns a desire for the celebration of the Sacraments, s/he enters into the Purification and Enlightenment phases (usually during Lent). There are several rites celebrated during this time: Rite of Sending from the Parish to the Bishop, Rite of Sending with the Bishop, three Scrutiny rites and presentations of the Creed and Lord’s Prayer. This period culminates in the celebration of the Sacrament of Initiation at Easter Vigil, Pentecost or at other times of the year determined by the US Bishops Conference.
The last phase that is experienced is the period of Mystagogy. In this stage, the neophyte ponders what has been celebrated in the Sacraments and how these treasures help them to delve more deeply into the Paschal Mystery and how to live one’s faith in the world.
If you are interested in exploring the Catholic Faith or know of someone, please call Dr. Tom Little, Pastoral Associate for Evangelization and Faith Formation, 410-923-6953. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children is adapted from the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is meant for children between the ages of seven and seventeen who have not been baptized and are seeking initiation into the Catholic Church. After reception of the sacraments, all children continue with religious instruction at their grade level. Please contact the Office of Evangelization & Faith Formation at 410-923-6953 for more information.