Welcome to the St. Mary Cathedral, St. Thomas and Holy Redeemer Sacramental Preparation Program!
This year we are trying something new in order to make the Preparation and Study of the Sacraments more engaging and simple. As you may know, our Diocese prepares young Catholics to receive the Sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist) according to the Restored Order. This means that Confirmation is “restored” to its place before First Communion. Preparation for these Sacraments, as well as for Reconciliation, takes place following the age of reason, which varies, but usually takes place around 7 years of age.
Recognizing that all children learn at different speeds and in different ways, we are revising our approach. We are initiating a “Readiness Model” which will focus on parents and children becoming proficient with Catholic themes and prayers in which they will gain greater mastery as they progress. The benefit of this program is that it will allow students and families to move at a pace in keeping with the abilities of their child.
Please register your child with the parish office so we can provide you with the materials you will need. We will be assigning a mentor to accompany you on this wonderful faith filled journey. Their role is one of encouragement, help and assessment of the child’s readiness. Both you and the mentor will be using the 3 levels of questions and answers below to form your child in the Faith and prepare them for the Sacraments.
We will be having our Fall Orientation Meeting on Wednesday, September 18th at 5:45 pm. in the Cooney Conference Center. However, since the model is based on readiness you can register your child at any time.
The 2 options for this year’s retreat are: Sat. Jan. 25, 2020 or Sat. Feb. 22, 2020. Both levels of retreat materials will be available at each session. If you have any questions please contact Jeff Crane [email protected] or Ami Peterson at [email protected]. With joy and excitement for our common journey of Faith in the life of Christ, I look forward to growing closer to Jesus with you.
Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Fr. Matthew Wigton, Rector