Sacramental Preparation

The Sacramental Life of the Catholic Church is at the heart of what it means to be Catholic. The seven sacraments are “the outward signs instituted by Christ to give grace.” It is at these important moments in the life of a Catholic where he or she truly encounters our loving God. Therefore, the Church regards the seven sacraments with the utmost reverence and care. The following is some general information regarding preparation for some of the sacraments. For more information, contact the Parish Office.

Baptism

The Baptism team works with Holy Angels and St. Mary’s parishes in order to prepare parents and Godparents for a child’s baptism. The parents are required to attend a pre-baptism class. For more information, contact the Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Office.

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Candidates for first reconciliation and first Holy Communion must have had at least one full year of religious formation prior to entering the preparation class for the sacraments. These sacraments are ordinarily received in second grade; first reconciliation is usually celebrated in January and first Holy Communion is usually celebrated in early May.

The emphasis of our sacramental preparation is on family involvement in the instruction and celebration of the sacraments. We offer sessions for parents to refresh their understanding of the sacraments and we have family retreat sessions before each sacrament.

Our sacramental preparation is closely linked to the liturgy; we have two rites associated with these sacraments-an Enrollment Ceremony in the fall and a First Eucharist Word Ceremony in the winter. For more information, contact our Religious Education office.

Confirmation

Prior to entering the preparation classes for confirmation, candidates should have an appropriate level of religious formation in order to understand the faith they will profess at confirmation. This sacrament is ordinarily received in eighth grade.

The emphasis of our sacramental preparation is on family involvement in the instruction and celebration of the sacrament. We offer sessions for parents to refresh their understanding of the sacrament of confirmation and we train sponsors to work throughout the entire preparation year with his or her candidate.

Our sacramental preparation is closely linked to the liturgy; we have two rites that take place at Sunday liturgy- an Invitation Ceremony in October and a Commitment Ceremony in March.

The candidates attend a retreat and participate in Christian service activities throughout the year. They also complete a project to culminate their preparation for confirmation and their continuing growth in faith. For more information, contact our Religious Education office.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA is for individuals who want to know more about the Catholic faith. RCIA provides instruction on Catholic beliefs, teachings, and rituals. It is for those who want to become Catholic and also for those who just want to learn more about the Catholic faith. The journey to the sacraments-for those who desire them-includes being accompanied by a sponsor, qualified catechists, and a whole team of faith-filled individuals. The process normally takes about one year. For more information, contact the Parish Office.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC)

Older children who have not celebrated the sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, or Confirmation can begin a process leading to the Sacraments of Initiation. This process is guided and directed according to the individual and family needs. For more information, contact our Religious Education office.

Priesthood and Deaconate

God is constantly calling men for ordained service in his Church. If you feel called to this ministry or if you have questions, go to www.toledovocations.com or contact our Pastor.

Marriage

Preparation for the sacrament of marriage ordinarily begins with a meeting with a priest or deacon. Marriage preparation is set up and guided by the priest or deacon. Couples need to contact the Parish Office at least six months prior to the anticipated date of marriage.