Update on the Sacrament Program for Children

Throughout the last few years the diocese has been reshaping the children’s sacrament program. For the last 15 years the children have been receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Communion by the age of 7-8 years old using a 2 year program. Last spring was the last time this program was being used in our diocese. All parishes have converted to a 3 year program.
1st year: Will be the same, Faith formation classes.
2nd year: Faith formation classes plus sacramental classes for Reconciliation.
3rd year: Faith formation plus sacramental classes for Confirmation and Holy Communion. So this means that the children will be receiving Confirmation and Holy Communion at 3rd grade or above. The children who are beginning their formation at 4th grade and above will be included in a Rite of Christian Initiation program set for their age level and the sacraments they still need to receive. So what does this mean for the parish of St. Mary’s? We were one of the last ones to convert to this 3 year program, so this year there will be offered only Reconciliation to our 2nd year faith formation students. That means that this spring there will be no Confirmation or First Holy Communion for our children. The only children that will receive these 2 sacraments will be the children 4th grade and above who are in the RCIA program. They will be received into the church at the Easter Vigil this spring. We hope that this will bring about a greater understanding and love for the Mass, the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Eucharist.