Sacramental Preparation is to Build up the Faith
Prior to a anyone receiving a Sacrament, preparation is necessary. In the sacramental preparation of children, we use the opportunity to help the parents and the family to grow in their faith.
Baptism of Infants and Children
Before a child is Baptized, parents are required to participate in preparation sessions. Please call the Parish Office for arrangements. Baptism Preparation is held on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. John Church. Depending on the age of the child, parents will take, Three, or six sessions.
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The regular Tuesday sessions will always resume in September and end in June.
Preparing Children for the Sacraments
Parents are the primary educators of their children in the ways of faith. The Parish and the Catholic Schools assist the parents in this duty.
Thus we follow the TRIPOD model where parents being the primary educators.
Preparation includes Parent meetings; Welcoming Celebrations, Parent and Child Retreats and the actual Sacramental Celebration.
Reconciliation (Confession, Penance)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is for all Catholics - children and adults. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated before the child's Confirmation and First Eucharist. It is formally celebrated in Grade Two. Reconciliation is also celebrated within the Catholic Schools during Advent and Lent with students from Grades 4 to 12 given the opportunity to celebrate.
The Diocese of St. Paul has completed the process of "Restoring the Order of the Sacraments of Initiation" - Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
Children in Grade 3 are Confirmed and receive the Eucharist in May. Their immediate preparation begins in the new year.
Older children and adults, not yet confirmed
wil also be Confirmed in May.
Contact the Parish Office (743-3980)
to make arrangements.
A copy of your BAPTISM CERTIFICATE
is required before you are Confirmed.
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Sacramental Prepartion for Adults
Couples should contact the Parish Office at least nine months prior to any their proposed wedding day.
Marriage preparation sessions are required prior to celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage. Couples should complete their Marriage Preparation Course about six months before their wedding.
Our parish offers Four courses a year. The courses are held over one weekend (Friday Evening; All day Saturday & Sunday Afternoon).
Couples planning to marry in another parish will be prepared here and their documents will be forwarded to the parish where the wedding will take place.