Parents are the first educators of their children and bear the primary responsibility in preparing children to receive the sacraments (see CCC #2223). The goal of our parish sacramental preparation program is to empower parents to fulfill their vocation. A child is prepared to receive sacraments and live a Christian life primarily in the home by the parents. Through their words and examples, parents assist their child in preparing to live a Christian life of charity and to receive God’s most beautiful gifts. However, parents do not walk this journey alone: they are supported and lifted up by the whole of the community.
How the Program Works
Preparing a child to receive sacraments is done primary in the home by the parents. The family is supported in this effort through participation in our Discipleship: All Ages Catechesis program on Sunday evenings. Children will participate in age appropriate formation programs while the parents attend the “Foundations of Faith” program. Each week, parents will be given materials for short daily lessons with their child.
In addition to the Sunday evening All Ages Catechesis programing, Sacrament Preparation families will attend a short introductory meeting in September, a retreat in January, and an end of the year day retreat in April.
Sept 15 Registration deadline and Intro Meeting 5-7pm
Sept 22 Start of Discipleship meetings
Jan 12 Day Retreat (Parents, sponsors, and candidates)
April 19 Day Retreat (Parents, sponsors, and candidates)
Requirements for 1st Communion
Must be age 7 by April 2020.
Registration and Baptism certificate turned in by September 15, 2019.
Child and Parent participation in Discipleship: All Ages Catechesis Program.
Child and Parent participation in:
Intro Meeting (Sept 15, 2019)
Day Retreat (January 12, 2020)
Year End retreat (April 19, 2020)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is this program for?
This program is for all individuals who wish to receive sacraments at St. Nicholas. There will not be separate programs based on what school the child attends, etc.
What are the attendance requirements?
Since we have fewer meetings each year, participation in each meeting is essential. Families who miss the introductory meeting or any of the retreats or more than two Discipleship sessions will need to meet with the Director to decide if it possible to continue. Those who are unable to complete the requirements by April will be invited back to participate the following year.
Do both parents need to attend?
Since teaching the child is the responsibility of both parents, it is preferable that both parents attend together. If this is not possible, then it is acceptable for only one parent to attend. For the Discipleship All Ages Catechesis sessions, if only one parent is able to attend it should be constantly the same parent as one session will lead in to the next.
Our family has a unique situation and will require additional assistance. Who do I contact?
If your family has a unique situation (such as a disability, illness, military deployment, etc.) please contact the parish office to schedule an appointment with David Charboneau: email@example.com or (253) 649-4240
Is there a cost for this program?
No. This program is paid for by the regular stewardship giving of St. Nicholas Parishioners. Parents maybe asked to help cover the cost of confirmation Retreats.