Preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Mary's Cathedral Parish
For children in grade six and above
Whenever our children prepare to receive a sacrament in the Catholic Church, it reminds us of how important our roles as teachers and role models are in their faith development. We strive to lead them to God and to full and active participation in the Church through our own examples of love, faith, and forgiveness. Fortunately, these are not tasks that we have to accomplish on our own, we have the support and example of our schools and parishes.
For most of us who were baptized as children, Confirmation is the sacrament that completes our full initiation into the Church. Confirmation is sometimes called the sacrament of the Holy Spirit, because it is through this sacrament that we are reminded that we received the gift of the Spirit in Baptism, and that we are now sealed with the Spirit. In Confirmation we are reminded of our baptismal call to carry on the mission of Christ to spread the Good News of God through our actions and words of faith, hope, and charity. The sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated with Bishop William McGrattan during the Easter Season.
Fr. Robert Dielissen, Rector of St. Mary's Cathedral and our catechists Srs. Madeleine and Terry, fcJ want to assure you that we will be honoured to work with you and your child on this faith journey.
Preparation will consist of one parent meeting, seven student classes and a retreat, all of which require mandatory attendance. Parents will also be provided with resources, and are encouraged to be strong role models of the Catholic faith as your child prepares to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Parents, if for some reason your child cannot attend a session, please contact the parish office as we are very willing to assist you in supporting your child’s learning. You are encouraged and welcome to contact the parish office or the parish priest about Sacrament Preparation for Children.
The Sacrament of Confirmation – Preparation and Celebration
DATES TO MARK ON THE FAMILY CALENDAR
Parent Information Session: Thursday, September 12, 7 to 8pm
1st Class – Thursday, Sept. 26 – 7 to 8:30pm
2nd Class – Thursday, Oct. 24 – 7 to 8:30pm
3rd Class – Thursday, Nov. 28 – 7 to 8:30pm
4th Class – Thursday, Jan. 16 – 7 to 8:30pm
5th Class – Thursday, Feb. 20 – 7 to 8:30pm
6th Class – Thursday, March 26 – 7 to 8:30pm
7th Class – Thursday, April 23 – 7 to 8:30pm
Retreat – Saturday, TBD – 9am to Noon, Lunch to follow
Celebration Mass Rehearsal – TBD
Celebration Mass – TBD
Please stop by the parish office to register. Please bring with you a copy of your child's Baptism certificate and a form of payment. For more information, please contact Allison Charlton, Sacrament Coordinator, [email protected] or 403-228-4170 (ext. 228).