The programs used at Blessed Sacrament Parish for preparing children to receive one of the sacraments have two components – a series of sessions at the Parish Centre to gather with other families who are preparing their children to receive one of the sacraments and a “Family Book” used at home to enhance the experiences provided at the sessions. Families are encouraged to be actively involved and to “journey” with their children as they take these important steps along the path of Christian initiation. By participating with the children in all of the sessions, parents are able to gain a greater understanding of the preparation process.
Preparation sessions for each of the sacraments occur on Tuesday evenings. There are 6 meetings (1 hour in length for Reconciliation and First Communion and 1 ½ hours long for Confirmation) for parents and children plus 6 meetings on Saturday mornings for parents only. Preparation for Reconciliation occurs between mid October and early December, for First Communion between late February and early May and Confirmation between early January and late May. In addition, Confirmation candidates are required to attend the NET Retreat – a full day session with other parishes in our Pastoral Region and a shorter retreat with candidates from Blessed Sacrament Parish only.
Diocesan Catechetical Policy for Sacramental Preparation
Please note the important changes which will come into effect September 2014:
Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place in Grade 2 (6 Preparation Sessions)
Children must be registered in Gr. 2 Catechism and must have participated in Gr. 1 Catechism classes, with no more than 10 absences that year.
2. Sacrament of First Communion will take place in Grade 3 (6 Preparation Sessions)
Children must be registered in Gr. 3 Catechism and must have participated in Gr. 2 Catechism classes, with no more than 10 absences that year.
3. Sacrament of Confirmation will take place in Grade 6 (6 Preparation Sessions)
Children must be registered in Gr. 6 Catechism and must have participated in Gr. 4 & Gr. 5 Catechism classes, with no more than 10 absences in each of those years.
4. Parents will be required to participate in separate adult catechesis classes (Saturday mornings) for each Sacrament that their children receives. (6 Sessions for each sacrament)