You have asked to have your children baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training them in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring them up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbour. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?
Parents: We do. ~ Rite of Baptism
The Sacraments & the Journey of Faith
On the day of your child’s baptism, the priest asked you the above question to which you promised guide your child in the ways of faith. As your child continues to grow, it is time for him/ her to make the next step in the journey of faith and of deepening his/ her relationship with God. As you present your child for the reception of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (Confession) and First Communion, you remain faithful to this promise made that day. May God continue to bless you as you fulfill the role of a Christian parent.
Children in grade 2 or age 7 and older are eligible to receive First Communion and First Reconciliation. Registration takes places over two weekends in September after all the Sunday Masses. A copy of the child’s Baptism certificate is required to register.
One or both of the parents or guardian are required to attend an information meeting. This brief meeting will include an overview of the preparation process, expectations and a time for questions.
First Communion and Reconciliation Preparation
Preparation sessions for all children will take place at Holy Name of Mary Parish over six sessions. The dates will be available at registration and on our website near the end of June.
Celebration of First Reconciliation and First Communion
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will be celebrated one weekday evening during the Lenten season. Children must make their First Reconciliation prior to receiving First Communion. The Sacrament of First Communion will take place at one weekend during the Easter season. Children can receive their First Communion with their family and with the community at any of the three weekend Masses on First Communion Sunday and will be acknowledged by the priest. Dates for First Reconciliation and First Communion will be available at the registration and on our web site.