The universal Church along with our local ordinary has requested that all sacramental preparations be completed within the parish community.
With this directive in mind and in an attempt to keep the integrity and character of each sacrament in tact, we ask families for some concrete ways in which the community can tangibly see our hearts, our homes, and our children being sufficiently disposed to begin sacramental preparations at St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish.
There are a some things that must be in place before a child can enter sacramental preparations at St. John’s:
The above is considered remote preparation for sacraments and during the year or years leading up to the reception of a sacrament, there are more immediate preparations that we ask children and families to be involved in through their home parish(es).
First, register your child for the sacramental preparation program at your home parish
Second, at St. John's there will be an application process. This process will be explained at parent meetings in the fall of each school year.
Third, there will be required prayer opportunities, retreats, gift of self service opportunities, and educational experiences and materials to help each child prepare their hearts for reception of the sacrament being prepared for. These sessions will be specific to each sacrament and handed out in preparation packets at the parent meeting in the fall of each year.
Who and When:
1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion immediate preparations and reception of the sacraments are usually completed during 2nd grade.
Confirmation immediate preparation usually begins in the fall of 9th grade and continues through the 10th grade with the reception of the sacrament in the spring of 10th grade.
Sacramental Preparation Fees: Parishioners—$60 Non-Parishioners—$80
NOTE: All specific dates and requirements will be published in the fall of each school year and discussed at the specific parent meetings for each sacrament. Register your child to get on the emial list, watch the website and bulletin for info, or like us on facebook!
The next step is to register for our sacramental preparation program, which accomplished together as a parish. Through prayer, education, and service experiences, children and youth learn specifically about the sacraments as they grow as Catholics living their faith in the world with hearts set toward eternity.
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
Children usually receive First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in second grade. This year First Reconciliation will take place on Thursday, January 24, and First Holy Communion will take place at a special 12 p.m. Mass on Sunday, April 28.
For detailed information about preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, please scroll down and click on the document "Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion" at the bottom left.
Young people are usually confirmed in tenth grade. St. John's second-year Confirmation class will receive the sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.
For detailed information about preparation for Confirmation, please scroll down and click on the document "Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation" at the bottom left.
Director of Faith FormationJessica Balzarini
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