Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental Preparation Enrollment

Registration for the 2022-2023 Sacramental Preparation Program is open August 1 through August 31, 2022. This preparation is for children aged 7 years old through 8th grade.

 

STEP 1

Register for Faith Formation in one of the following forms listed below. It is highly recommended you UPDATE MY HOUSEHOLD to review your family’s records before registering for any of our programs.

  • Faith Formation class at St Anthony of Padua
  • Catholic School enrollment
  • Homeschool formation – let us know what curriculum you are using.

 

STEP 2

Register for Sacramental Preparation Program.

 

STEP 3

Submit copies of your child’s Birth Certificate and Baptismal Certificate.  These may be scanned and emailed to Jennifer Rush at jrush@ap.church.

The Sacrament Preparation program is a separate program from faith formation classes. Enrollment in BOTH programs during Sacramental Preparation is required.

Sacramental Preparation Team

Have questions about our program?  Need specific information about pre-requisites or enrollment? Let us know how we may help.

Shannon Gormley
Coordinator of Sacramental Preparation

832-482-4037

sgormley@ap.church

Jennifer Rush
Sacramental Preparation Assistant

jrush@ap.church

2022-2023 Sacramental Preparation Program

Family Sessions

In the Sacrament Preparation Program we respect and support the parent’s first responsibility for the education of their child. Our program provides at-home materials along with in-Church opportunities for growth and knowledge. Families as a whole are welcome and encouraged to participate in the sessions.

Each Family Session is offered twice to better fit your schedule.  The content covered is the same – please attend one or the other.  Session dates and topics for 2022-23 are as follows:

  • September 12 OR September 15 – Sacramental Preparation Introduction
  • October 3 OR October 6 – Understanding Reconciliation
  • November 7 OR November 10 – Family Adoration Night
  • January 23 OR January 26 – Tour of the Church
  • February 13 OR February 16 – Understanding the Eucharist
  • March 6 OR March 9 – Teaching on the Mass

 

A printable calendar of the program sessions can be found at ap.church/classschedules.

Home Lessons Information

Sacramental Preparation combines a home-study program with in-person Family Sessions. Our Sacrament Preparation Program uses the St. Joseph First Communion Catechism to help guide us through the fundamentals of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Other materials will be sent periodically that will bring further enrichment to the program. All of our materials are available in English and Spanish upon request.

Assessment Information

Children will be assessed on their readiness prior to receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.  Assessments are an informal interview done in a group setting.

Assessment Dates

  • Reconciliation assessments will be held in late November 2022
  • Communion assessments will be held in March 2023

 

Additional Details

  • Children attending St Anthony of Padua Catholic School will participate in assessments during the school day.
  • Children participating in in-person Faith Formation will be assessed during their scheduled Faith Formation classroom time.
  • Children participating in a homestudy program will participate in assessments during an individually scheduled appointment time.
  • Additional information about this process will be provided in Spring 2023.

Reconciliation - Helpful Resources

You may use these resources to help your child receive his or her Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Rite describes what is said and done during the Sacrament.  The Examination of Conscience provides questions for your child in order to review past thoughts, words and deeds in preparation of receiving the Sacrament.

Sacrament of Reconciliation Rite Rito del Sacramento de la Reconciliación Examination of Conscience for Children Examen de Conciencia para Niños

Holy Communion - Helpful Resources

You may use these resources to help your child receive his or her Sacrament of First Communion. The video demonstrates the “dos” and “don’ts” of receiving Communion.

First Communion Mass Requests

First Communion Mass signups will become available at the link below in January 2023.

 

Masses for First Holy Communion will only be during Sunday parish Masses instead of standalone Masses on Friday evening or Saturday morning. The celebration of First Holy Communion will be offered at the 5pm Saturday Vigil Mass, and the 9am, 11am, and 1pm Sunday Masses. Enrollment will be limited to 20 first communicants and their families at each Mass.

First Communion Mass Signups - coming JAN 2023