Wednesday, 8:15 - 8:45 am St. Francis of Assisi, Brunswick
Saturdays, 4:15- 4:45 pm or by appt. St. Francis of Assisi, Brunswick
2nd and 4th Sunday after 8 am Mass St. Mary, Petersville
Families are the first Church – the domestic Church. It is here that we primarily experience forgiveness and reconciliation as young children. Sacramental preparation is different than religious education. The latter encompasses teaching the beliefs, history and practices of the Church. The former encompasses prayer, example in Christian living, faith development appropriate to a child’s age, as well as instruction on the Church’s teaching about a particular sacrament.
The parish catechesis program, along with the parents, provides an understanding of sacrament and includes a basic understanding of sin, God’s mercy and forgiveness as gifts, as well as, the element of worship in celebrating Reconciliation.
Immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Penance is a free standing program. The child must have reached the age of reason (age 7 or above) and shows a readiness for this sacrament. Your child must be enrolled in an approved religious education program one year prior to receiving a Sacrament. A separate form will need to be completed for the Sacramental class. If your child is eligible and ready to prepare for Reconciliation they must also be enrolled in a current Faith Formation program unless attending an accredited Catholic school. The celebration of Reconciliation precedes the Sacrament of Eucharist.