Holy Name and St. Clement Parishes offer preparation for the immediate reception of the Sacraments of Initiation for children: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist as well as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We invite you to explore each of our Sacramental Preparation programs below and contact us if you are interested in enrolling your child or children.
Please note: The Diocese requires at least two years of consecutive Faith Formation, whether in a Catholic parochial school or parish Faith Formation program, prior to the celebration of the Sacraments.
Children will experience a fun-filled program to begin them on the road to a life of learning about God. They will listen to exciting Bible stories, make fun crafts, watch videos, dramatize the story or play games related to it. They will also celebrate the feasts and seasons of the Church year with crafts, games, and parties.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) and the Sacrament of Eucharist (First Communion) is a two-year program at the north side parishes. Year One (first grade) students learn about God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, about loving God and one another, the Church seasons, and different ways to pray. Year Two (second grade) is spent on learning about and preparing for the sacraments.
There may be a time where children may not have prepared for the sacraments in second grade. These children may be older but wish to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist (confession and First Communion). They, too, will be part of a two-year program. Year One will take place in a Sunday or Wednesday regular grade class. Year Two students will attend a class on Wednesdays designed just for older students preparing for the Sacraments.
Students continue to learn and grow in their faith. Each year, while they continue to learn about basic church teachings, the sacraments, morality, and prayer, they will also explore an additional topic in greater detail. In third grade they learn the Creed, Commandments in fourth grade, sacraments in fifth grade, and Old Testament stories in sixth grade.
This is a Catholic youth ministry for seventh and eighth graders. Using an interactive, non-classroom format, The Edge is a relational model of catechesis and evangelization. The Edge relies on a core team comprising of caring adults and teen volunteer that serve as small group leaders.