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Sacramental preparation includes Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation--along with RCIA/RCIC--the reaching out to people who want to learn more about our Catholic religion.

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Baptism of Infants & Children
Rite of Christian Initiation of Children: RCIC 
Reconciliation Preparation
First Eucharist Preparation
Confirmation Preparation


Baptism of Infants & Children

Purpose: to prepare parents to respond to their call as committed Christians in living the mission and ministry of Christ symbolized within the celebration of Baptism.  In the Baptism of Infants & Children Program, Christian parents, as well as godparents, must recognize their role as nurturers of the life that God has entrusted to them.  In Baptism, the child is incorporated into the Church as a member of the Body of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit.

The Baptism of Infants & Children Will...
1. Instruct parents and, if possible, godparents in the theology and practical aspects of the sacrament of Baptism (parents are required to attend the program.)
2. Asure that the qualifications of sponsors be met (one Catholic, both Christian) so that they may be able and ready to help the newly baptized on the road of Christian life.

Baptism Requirements

Volunteers are needed to...
1. Become part of the Baptismal Preparation team by supporting new parents in this process.
2. Assist members of the Altar Guild in the making of baptismal bibs.

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Children: RCIC

Purpose: To introduce school age children who have not been baptized or catechized to the essentials of Catholic belief and practice.  RCIC prepares these children for their reception of the sacraments of Baptism and/or Reconciliation and First Eucahrist.

The RCIA Program Will...
1. Give the children foundational instruction that will prepare them for baptismal initiation and reception of the sacraments.
2. consider placement of children into the regular catechetical course of study and grade level appropriate to their understanding and age.

Volunteers are needed to:
1. Become catechists.
2. participate in training and workshops, as provided.


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Reconciliation Preparation

Purpose: to celebrate God's forgiveness and God's saving work.  The Sacrament of Reconciliaiton, often called Penance, involves a process of conversion, confession, and satisfaction.  Ordinarily, a child in the second grade receives First Reconciliation after two years of religious education and specific preparation for this Sacrament.  The preparation for the Reconciliation Program for children also involves parents.

The Reconciliation Preparation Will...
1. Instruct children on the notion of sin and its effects.
2. Prepare children in the three steps for the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, as instituted by Christ for all members of His church; i.e., contrition, confession, and satisfaction.

Note:  The celebration of First Reconciliation is scheduled annually in Lent.  Parents are co-catechists in the instruction of children for this Sacrament.

Volunteers are Needed to...
1. Become trained catechists to assist children in this process.
2. Work with parents and children in the morality and storytelling forum as well as prayer activities.


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First Eucharist Preparation

Purpose: To further nurture the baptismal gift of faith with the body of believers, the Chursh, through the communal participation in the sacred mysteries and the reception of the Body of Christ in the Eucharist.  The Sacrament of First Eucharist for children, often called First Holy Communion, requires that the child attend a two-year preparation program.

The First Eucharist Preparation will...
1. Emphasize the Eucharist as the heart and summit of the Chruch's life.
2. Prepare children for the elements of the Eucaristic celebration:
          Penitential rites.
          Proclamation of the Word of God.
          Thanskgiving to god the Father for His benefits;
          Consecration of bread and wine; and
          Participation in the liturgical banquet by receiving the Lord's Body and Blood.

Note:  Parents are the co-catechists in the instruction of children for this sacrament.

Volunteers are Needed To...
Become trained catechists in the instruction of children for this sacrament.


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Confirmation Preparation

Purpose: to complete or seal the baptismal commitment and the taking part in the Church's missionary life as a disciple and witness to Christ.  The confirmation Preparation Program is offered annually to 10th grade students but is also available to older youth and adults (see RCIA).  It aims at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and the Church and a discovery and a strengthening of the gifts of the Holy spirit.

The confirmation Preparation Program Will...
1. Instruct candidates in their role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the Church community and in social and civic affairs.
2. Prepare candidates in their journey toward a maturing faith with Church community. (A minimum of two years in a Faith Formation program is required.)

Volunteers are needed to...
1. Act as a catechist (a Christian role model and active member of the parish community.)
2. Be sponsors for the youngsters preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.


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