Anyone desiring a baptism is asked to call the office during business hours to schedule. A one-hour baptism preparation class is required, as well as a copy of the birth certificate of the person desiring the sacrament. For Spanish speakers, the class is generally held on the last Saturday of the month, with baptism to follow the next day, after the 12:30 pm Mass. Please use this link for the registration form: Baptism Registration Form
Meeting with Pastor: All Confirmation students receiving the sacrament in the Spring are responsible for scheduling a meeting with the Pastor beforehand. The student should call the office during working hours, or call the Pastor directly to schedule an appointment.
Community Service hours, totaling 20 for both Years 1 and 2, are the responsibility of the teen. Teens are offered the opportunity for hours through altar service, choir service, and church events. They must keep track of the hours on paperwork provided, and have it properly authorized. All teens must have 20 hours of service completed prior to Confirmation, or they will be delayed until Holy Saturday.
Retreat: The Bishop requires every teen to attend a special Confirmation retreat. There will be a weekend, spend-the-night retreat during the late winter at a LifeTeen Retreat Center. All teens being confirmed that year MUST attend the retreat. Confirmation Retreat will be held at Covecrest LifeTeen Camp February 21-23. Cost of retreat is $135. Parents provide all transportation to and from retreat.
Confirmation Rehearsal: A rehearsal for the Mass will be held in the church on Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 pm. Parents and/or godparents are encouraged to attend, as sponsors play a role in the Mass. If godparents are living too far away to participate, parents may stand in as sponsor.
Confirmation Mass: Our Mass will be on Saturday, March 7 at 10:00 am. All teens must be in the parish hall with either parents or sponsors by 9:15 am. The Bishop will speak with the teens prior to the Mass. All other family members must take their places in the church after bringing their teen to the parish hall.
Photography: There is no flash photography during the Mass. When your teen comes forward to be anointed, you may stand in the side aisle for a quick photo, then take your seat. There will also be a group picture after Mass. It is important to have respect and reverence for the Presence of the Holy Eucharist at Mass.
Reception: There is a cake and punch reception immediately following the Mass. Also, teens can pick up their confirmation certificates at this time.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION EVENTS
Parent Meeting: Sunday, March 22 at 11:15 am, parish hall
First Eucharist/First Reconciliation Retreat
This retreat is only for Grades 2 – 5. The First Holy Communion Retreat will be on Saturday, April 4, 10:00 am-12:30 pm. We will meet in the parish hall first, then go to the school. Each child receiving the sacrament must bring at least one parent or godparent to the retreat. We are sorry, but we ask that only the student and parents or godparents attend; we don’t have enough space for brothers and sisters.
First Reconciliation: Parents, it is your responsibility to choose a time for your child’s first confession. Father will only hear confessions from the First Communicants during this time, and no others in the family, because of time restraints. If these times don’t work for you, please bring your child to confession on a Saturday at the regular time (4 pm), or contact Father Fabio. It is very important that your child bring his Reconciliation Name Card to confession to give to Father. All children must receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before First Communion Mass. Confession times: Saturday, April 4 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm (during retreat), and Wednesday, April 15 at 5:30 pm (before the Spanish Mass).
Rehearsal for First Holy Communion – Rehearsal will be Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 pm in the church. All candidates must attend. Godparents should also attend, as they have a role in the Mass. If your godparent cannot be with you, another sponsor can be chosen.
First Holy Communion Mass – Saturday, April 25 at 10:00 am for both English and Spanish families. Please be in the parish hall by 9:30 am with your sponsor. All other family members must go into the church and be seated.
Dress:Boys: Please wear dark pants and white dress shirt and tie. Please tuck your dress shirt into your pants, and wear a belt. You can wear a suit, either in dark color or in white, if you choose. You can wear a sport coat with your dark pants, if you like. Please, no khakis, shorts, jeans, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
Please wear a white dress typical for First Holy Communion. You can also wear a First Communion veil to go with your dress. Older girls are not required to wear a veil. Please wear dress shoes. For older girls, all dresses must have sleeves to cover the shoulders. If your dress has bare shoulders, you MUST wear a shrug, sweater or shawl to cover your shoulders during Mass. All jewelry and makeup must be modest. Please, no flip-flops, tennis shoes or extra-high heels.
Each candidate must have a candle, which will be used in the Mass. You are welcome to use your baptismal candle, or you can purchase a special First Holy Communion candle. All candles must be white. Some families purchase a plain white candle, and pin flowers and ribbons into it.
First Holy Communion is an exciting day for everyone! We ask that you maintain respect for the Mass by not using flash photography, and not crowding the side aisles near the altar for filming during Mass. There will be group photos at the altar afterward. You are welcome to bring your own camera for pictures.
There will be cake and punch served in the parish hall after the Mass. Candidates may pick up their certificates at this time. If you have a special gift for a candidate, it can be placed on the table in the parish hall, and Father Fabio will bless it.