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Parish Religious Education Program

PREP Schedule for 2018-2019

Registration dates:

Sunday, September 2 from 10 am to 11 am

Saturday September 8 after the 4 pm Mass

Sunday September 9 from 10 am to 12:15 pm

or contact Sister Margaret at the Rectory

Sacrament Information   **see below for Confirmation

Family Retreat Day for First Reconciliation and Eucharist

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Presentation of candidates for Reconciliation and Eucharist,

Sunday, February 24, 2019 during the 11 am Mass.

First Reconciliation   Saturday, March 9, 2019   10 am

Children wear clothes suitable for church.

First Communion  Sunday, April 28, 2019   11 am Mass

Girls wear     white dress, white veil, white shoes

Boys wear     navy blue or white suit,  white shirt,

white or navy blue tie, dress shoes, (no sneakers).

Practice for parents and children  Wednesday, April 24, 2019

at 6:30 pm in church.

Class dates–Sundays from 9:55 am to 11:00 am

September 16  Catechetical Sunday, Family class

September 23, 30

October 7, 14, 21, 28

November 4, 11, 18  No class Nov. 25  Thanksgiving weekend

December 2,  Family class to begin Advent

December 9, 16,   No class on December 23 and 30

January 6, 13, 20, 27

February 3, 10, 17, 24

March 3  Family class for Lent and in anticipation of St. Joseph’s Day

March 10, 17, 24, 31

April 7, 14,   No class April 21 Easter;  April 28  First Communion

Last class–Family class   May 5

***Regarding Confirmation

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 will take place in September, 2018.

Here at St. Bridget, we were scheduled for Confirmation in 2019.  That year is now changed to 2020-2021.  We are hoping for 2020.

 

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.