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Parish Religious Education Program

PREP Schedule for 2019-2020

Sacrament Information

First Communion Family Retreat Day  Sunday, February 2 starting with the 9 am Mass followed by retreat from 10 am to noon.

Presentation of Candidates  Sunday, February 23, 2020 during the 11am Mass

First Reconciliation    Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10 am. Children wear regular church clothes.

First Eucharist    Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 11 am Mass.  Boys wear blue or white Suit, white shirt and tie. Shoes-no sneakers, please.

Girls wear   White dress, white veil, white socks or stockings and white shoes.

Family practice for First Communion  Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 pm in church

Sister Margaret can give you information about an archdiocesan Communion Closet that has dresses and suits available for any one who wishes to use that service.

Confirmation will be administered by Bishop Edward Deliman on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 4 pm.  Students in Grades 7, 8 or older will receive the sacrament this year.

Presentation of Candidates  Sunday, February 23, 2020 during the 11 am Mass

Sponsor and candidate practice for Confirmation  Sunday, March 22 following the 9 am Mass.  If sponsor is not available, please provide a substitute.

Confirmation Family and/or sponsor retreat–Saturday, February 15, 2020 at St. Charles Seminary from 9 am to 3 pm.  Father DeLacy will present the retreat.  Lunch can be bought for $5.00 per person.

Class schedule

September 15, 22, 29       October 6, 13, 20, 27

November 3, 10, 17, 24 (family class for Advent)

No class December 1 due to Thanksgiving Weekend

December 8, 15, 22 (to be determined when we know children’s vacation schedules)    No class December 29

January 5, 12, 19, 26     February 2, 9, 16, 23

March 1 (family class for Lent)  8, 15, 22, 29

April 5, 19    No class April 12 due to Easter  No class April 26 due to First Communion

May 3   Last class–family class


***Regarding Confirmation–for future reference

The archdiocese, under the guidance of Archbishop Chaput, has conducted a two-year-long study regarding the grades for Confirmation.  Overwhelmingly, bishops, pastors, principals and directors of religious education noted there is a much better understanding of the sacrament of confirmation by older grade school students. While in recent decades the sacrament has mostly been administered to children in grades four, five and six, going forward it will be administered to those in grades seven and eight. In his formal announcement, the Archbishop said the revised standard “is mandatory for all parishes within the archdiocese and to all schools and religious education programs, including private Catholic schools and Independence Mission Schools.” This changeover took place in September, 2018.

Confessions are every Saturday from 3:15 until 4 pm. and now on Sunday mornings 8:30 to 8:45 am and 10:30 to 10:45 am

 Form for Confession for the children
 Good morning/afternoon, Father.
Bless me, Father, for I have sinned, it has been   _________ since my last confession.  These are my sins.
Father will give me a penance,  I pray the Act of Contrition.
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins because of your just punishments.  But most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly resolve with the help of Your grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.  Amen.
Father prays the words of absolution and I bless myself.
As I leave I say, Thank you, Father.
 I also have a few cards with these words on them.  There is a small shelf outside Father Feeney’s confessional.  I will put them there with a note to say  they are for children. Please return them to that shelf.  Please also encourage your child if they feel nervous for any reason, Father Feeney will certainly help them.