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 early December after all the Masses. The dates are announced in October and notices are sent home to children attending Holy Name of Mary Catholic School. 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 on. This brief meeting will include an overview of the preparation process, expectations and a time for questions. This meeting takes place in January and the date will be available during registration.
First Communion and Reconciliation Preparation
For children attending Holy Name of Mary Catholic School preparation will be done by the school. For children attending public school or homeschooled, preparation sessions will be held at the church during February and March. The dates will be available at registration.
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.