Beginning with the 2015-2016 catechetical year, sacrament preparation in the Diocese of Portland is a two year process that includes family involvement. Year One provides an initial formation in the foundations of the faith. Year Two prepares children to receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, which includes receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
This process will provide children:
the time to learn and develop a relationship with God
understand and desire the sacraments
learn their prayers
be involved in the life of the parish.
Throughout both years, faith formation opportunities for parents/guardians will strengthen their own faith and support the formation of their children.
"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),4 and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission." (CCC 1213)
If you wish to have your child baptized, please contact us at the office to set up an appointment.
"Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the 'sacraments of Christian initiation,' whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For 'by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.'" (CCC 1285)
If you would like to enroll your child in Sacramental Prep to prepare for Confirmation, please contact us at the office.
Preparation for First Holy Communion is a special time when we are made all the more aware of Jesus' True Presence in the Eucharist.
"The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist....The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." (CCC 1322, 1324)
If you would like to enroll your child in Sacramental Prep to prepare for the reception of Holy Communion, please contact us at the office.