Sacramental Preparation

Baptism

Baptism is the first sacrament, and the beginning of membership in the Body of Christ. By the ritual washing of water and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, we are made new.

Parents seeking to baptize infants and young children are invited to contact the parish office. We do require participation in our two-part program of baptismal classes on the first and second Tuesday of the month. The course is offered every other month, in February, April, June, August, October, and December. We are willing to make special arrangement if participation in the regular course is not possible. Registration is required before each session. Arrangements for the specific date of baptism are made by talking with the parish priest.

Þ Baptismal Preparation Policy

Adults who are desiring baptism are also invited to contact the parish office. Adults are invited to speak with the parish priest, and to participate in our catechumenate program, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Children who are unbaptized and baptized children older than 7 who have not received instruction in the Catholic faith and desire to become Catholic are enrolled in RCIA adapted for Children. This program is designed to be a family process. Children are expected to attend parish faith formation sessions or St. Mary’s School. This program has two components: classes that meet 1-2 times per month September-March, and at-home study with provided sacramental preparation books. Children will be prepared to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, if needed, Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil Mass following determination of the child’s readiness. 

First Communion

Children in the second or third grade, after completing a first year of Sacramental prep, prepare to receive their first Reconciliation in December and their first Eucharist in April. This preparation program is designed to assist parents in preparing their child to receive these sacraments. Children are expected to attend parish faith formation classes or St. Mary’s School. All children are prepared through the parish by their parents through the use of RCL-Benziger’s Faith First sacramental preparation student and family guide for Reconciliation and Eucharist. Parents are supported through out each stage of the preparation process with three to four parent meetings before each Sacrament.

Baptized Catholic children older than 7 who did not receive first Reconciliation and/or first Communion in the second grade and are being raised in a Catholic home with regular Mass attendance, will be interviewed by the director of youth and children’s ministries and, with the parents, will decide the best option for preparing each child to receive the missing Sacraments. When a child’s has been determined to be ready, reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and/or Eucharist will be scheduled with the pastor.

Confirmation

Youth Confirmation Prep is a two-year process. The first year, Renewing the Faith, for freshman (and sophomores,) will meet twice monthly with some at-home study. The second year, Receiving the Spirit, for sophomores,( juniors and seniors,) will meet twice monthly with some at-home study. Enrollment for Renewing the Faith begins in the late summer Enrollment as a candidate to prepare to receive the Sacrament begins in the spring.  Confirmation is usually celebrated in the Spring at a special Mass.

 

Adults who have not yet been confirmed are invited to contact the parish office. Various options are available. For those who are already Catholic but would like to be “updated” in their faith, we encourage participation with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults group.  For those who have remained active in the faith, a short series of preparation classes are offered each spring about four to six weeks before the bishop has scheduled the Rite of Confirmation in our area.

Above, tour of Reconciliation Room. Below, 1st Communicants make bread on retreat.

St. Mary's Catholic Community                         Moscow & Genesee, ID

Fr. Joseph F. McDonald, III JCL, Pastor

Deacon George Canney

Deacon Ray Daigh