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We are fully implementing Restored Order of the Sacraments beginning with the 2018-19 academic year. For families with children interested in preparing for First Eucharist and Confirmation, 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:
The doctrine of the Holy Eucharist is thus made up of:
- Doctrine about the Eucharistic sacrifice. Holy Mass is a real sacrifice, instituted by Christ at the Last Supper. It represents Christ's sacrifice of the Cross, but in an unbloody manner. Priest and victim are both Christ, who offers himself through the priest. The laity also offers the sacrifice, but does not have the power to transubstantiate. The Eucharistic sacrifice is offered to God in praise, thanksgiving, petition and atonement, for the living and the dead. Saints may also be commemorated in honor and petition. The Church has the responsibility of determining the rites and prayers to be observed. The liturgy as a whole is the public worship by the mystical Body of Christ. In every liturgical activity Christ is present, in a manner that must be properly interpreted.
- Doctrine about the Eucharistic sacrament, sacrificial meal and sacrificial food: The Holy Eucharist is a true sacrament, instituted by Christ. Christ is really present in the Holy Eucharist, even when not being received. It is therefore to be honored and adored. The whole Christ is present in either kind and is received by the communicant. For the wheat bread and grape wine are transubstantiated by the ordained priest into the flesh and blood of Christ so that only the appearance of bread and wine remains.
The sacrament effects union with Christ; it is nourishment for the soul, gives increase in grace and remits venial sin and punishment.