We are fully implementing Restored Order of the Sacraments beginning with the 2018-19 academic year. For families with children interested in preparing for Confirmation and First Eucharist, this means:
· Families wishing to have their children receive sacraments at Immaculate Conception must be REGISTERED members of the parish.
· All children (2nd grade through 6th grade) wishing to receive sacraments must be enrolled in our Religious Education Program. Classes are every other week; classes are EITHER Wednesdays, 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm OR Sundays, 8:00 am – 9:45 am. Classes run September through April. See registration materials for further information.
· Confirmation and First Eucharist will be received AT THE SAME MASS. The Confirmation/First Eucharist Mass for children 2nd grade and older in 2018-19 school year will be in October, 2019. This is the next opportunity for your child to receive these sacraments in English.
· Reconciliation will be celebrated a few weeks prior to Confirmation/First Eucharist.
· To register your child for Sacramental Preparation, please complete a Sacramental Preparation Registration form and attach a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate. If your child was baptized at Immaculate Conception, you DO NOT need to submit a certificate – just indicate the month and year he/she was baptized. IF YOUR CHILD WAS BAPTIZED AT A CHURCH OTHER THAN IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF HIS/HER BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE WITH THE REGISTRATION. Registrations will not be accepted without the certificate.
· Preparation classes for the sacraments will be in late August through September. Dates TBD.
· There are three classes and a final fourth meeting/dinner for Confirmation preparation. A parent and student must attend all classes and final dinner.
· Most of the preparation is done at home with materials we provide and a video series to be viewed online.
THE CHURCH TEACHES
Confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different from baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop administers the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the sacrament of confirmation is to give strength in faith and for the confession of faith and to impress an indelible character.