There are many sign-posts that point a student down the path God intends for them. The lessons at Sacred Heart's Catechetical Ministry are some of those guides to aide the student upon whom the Spirit breathes.

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Faith Formation–Sacraments

Children whose families are registered members of our parish are invited to join our sacrament preparation programs. Children need to be part of a faith formation program (the parish religious education classes, a Catholic school or registered with us as home-schooled in religious education).

Parents, as the primary educators of their children, are an integral part of our preparation program; attendance and participation is essential.

(Events occur in the Parish Life Center unless another location is indicated)


The Seven Sacraments
The Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church can be drawn together in three categories: the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist), Sacraments of Healing (Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick), and Sacraments of Vocation (Marriage and Holy Orders).

Sacraments of Initiation-- For adults, it is normative for these sacraments to be celebrated all at once at the Easter Vigil. The preparation and celebration of these sacraments is known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Baptism: We celebrate the sacrament of baptism with infants at the 5:00 p.m. Saturday Mass of Anticipation and the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass on the weekend following the first Tuesday of the month, as well as on the fourth Sunday of the month at 12:30 p.m., after the last Mass of the day. A preparation session is required if this is a couple's first child or if it has been more than three years since the last child was baptized. For older children and adults, we have a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Call the Parish Office for further information. 

Confirmation: Confirmation is celebrated once a year, usually during the Easter Season. Formation is open to all youth who are 16 years of age or older and are juniors in high school as well as any unconfirmed Catholic. Preparation for celebrating this sacrament goes from Fall until Spring. Those Catholics who are beyond high school are prepared for this sacrament through the Adult Confirmation program. Call the Christian Formation Office for further information. 

Eucharist (Communion): This sacrament is celebrated every weekend by the community as well as on most weekdays. Children who are at least in the second grade spend the year from September until Easter preparing to receive the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time in communion with the rest of the church during the Easter Season. Call the Christian Formation Office for further information. 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults:This rite, known as RCIA is a process whereby adults who are either not baptized or who have been baptized into another Christian faith tradition are initiated into the Roman Catholic tradition. After a period of Inquiry, a person may decide to formally enter into the process and begins the period of Catechumenate, during which they become familiar with the Catholic Christian tradition. After this period of preparation, they enter into the period of Purification and Enlightenment, a six-week period of intense preparation for receiving the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. After being received into the community, there is a fourth period of Mystagogy, during which the newly-received member experiences the joy of being part of the faith community. For information on the process of RCIA, contact the Director of Adult and Family Ministry at the Christian Formation Office. 

Sacraments of Healing
Reconciliation:
The sacrament of reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday mornings during the year. In addition, a communal service is celebrated during both the Advent and the Lenten Seasons. The sacrament can also be celebrated individually by appointment. Twice a year there is preparation for children to understand and celebrate the sacrament. For additional information about preparation for reception of the sacrament for the first time, call the Christian Formation Office.

Anointing of the Sick: The sacrament of anointing is celebrated communally several times a year at pre announced Masses (see Sacred Heart's weekly bulletins). The sacrament may be celebrated at any time for someone who is seriously ill or entering the hospital for surgery. One needs only to call one of the parish priests to make arrangements to celebrate this sacrament. 

Sacraments of Vocation
Marriage:
The sacrament of marriage is celebrated throughout the year. In order to properly prepare for this sacrament, a couple must contact one of the parish priests at least six months prior to the anticipated date. 

Holy Orders: The sacrament of holy orders is celebrated once a year in the Archdiocese of Venice. If you are interested in learning more about this sacrament and what preparation is needed, please contact the Sacred Heart Contact Page.