Sacrament Preparation

SACRAMENT PREPARATION

For School Aged Children

At Baptism, parents accept the responsibility of training their children in the practice of the faith, teaching them to keep God’s commandments as taught by Jesus, and to love God and neighbor.

Contact

Janet Natale, Parish Catechetical Leader
Janet@montclaircatholics.org   973-744-5650 ext. 118

First Reconciliation and First Communion:

A child’s remote preparation for sacraments begins by observing his or her parents’/guardians’ behavior and priorities, and by coming to Sunday Mass and experiencing time for prayer and a growing relationship with God.  They learn by observing how the significant adults in their lives respond to their own Baptismal call.  No classroom or textbook can provide this.

 Parish families who wish to have their children continue their initiation into the Catholic Church may enroll their children in Sacrament Preparation.  This includes parish children who attend Catholic school. It is expected that every family preparing their children for First Communion attend Mass regularly.  At Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, children generally receive immediate preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion in 2nd grade, after having completed two years of formal religious instruction.***

Formal sacrament preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion begins generally in 1stgrade, with the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the winter of 2nd grade, and the reception of First Holy Communion in the spring of 2nd grade. Parents and children, together and separately will attend catechetical sessions to prepare for these two sacraments.

Parents/guardians whose children have not received First Communion in 2nd grade should make an appointment with Janet Natale, Parish Catechetical Leader, who will arrange for their children to prepare for the sacraments through a process modeled after the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) adapted for children.

***Regardless of grade level or years of instruction, families are welcomed and encouraged to contact the parish Catechetical Office to discuss having their children prepare for sacraments.

Confirmation:

 

It is the expectation of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish that each young person wishing to be confirmed has received ongoing religious instruction in grades 1 – 8 in a parish Religious Education Program or Catholic School.  It is also expected that the young person attends Sunday Mass each week. ***

Parish families whose children desire to complete their initiation into the Catholic Church may enroll for Sacrament Preparation for Confirmation prior to 8th grade.  This includes parish children who attend Catholic schools.  Parents who wish for their children to prepare for Confirmation should attend the Confirmation Inquiry Meeting at the end of 7th grade.  At this meeting, the sacrament preparation process for Confirmation will be discussed. 

***Regardless of grade level or years of instruction, families are welcomed and encouraged to contact the parish Catechetical Office to discuss having their children prepare for sacraments.

Confirmation Forms

CONFIRMATION INTERVIEWS COMING SOON