Sacrament Preparation for Children

“Welcome to our Sacrament Preparation Program! Our Diocese of Gaylord prepares young Catholic 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 old.

Per diocese policy, three years of preparation are needed, starting in First grade. Children must have attended Faith Formation the year prior to becoming candidates in the program and they are also required to attend both Faith Formation and sacrament preparation sessions in order to receive the Sacraments.

Children who were not baptized here at Cross in the Woods, will also need a copy of their Baptism Certificate.”

“The program meets on the following days and times:
❖ Year I (First Grade) – will be held on the 1st Saturday of the month starting in October, from 9:00 – 11:00 am, in the Fr. Donard Hall. Students will explore the rich significance of the Sacrament of Baptism and the other sacraments in general. Parents are required to attend three catechism sessions with the priest.
❖ Year II (Second Grade) – will be held on the 1st Saturday of the month starting in October, from 9:00 – 11:00 am, in the Fr. Donard Hall. Students will be studying the Sacrament of Reconciliation and catechesis on the Sacrament of Confirmation begins. Normally, the celebration of First Reconciliation is in Lent season. Parents are required to attend three catechism sessions with the priest.
❖ Year III (Third Grade) – will be held on the 1st Saturday of the month starting in October, from 9:00 – 11:00 am, In the Fr. Donard Hall. Students will be studying the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist & Confirmation and receive them normally after Easter with the Bishop. Parents are required to attend three catechism sessions with the priest and to attend a retreat/rehearsal at the end of the program.

If you would like to sign up, click on the “Forms” link or to get a registration packet and/or for more information please contact the Faith Formation Office at 231-238-8973 Ext. 312. or use the contact form. 

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