If your child has not been baptized, or is older than seven years old and needs to prepare for their first Sacraments, please contact the Faith Formation Office.
Families with Special Needs:
The National Directory for Catechesis reminds us that “persons with disabilities, especially children, are particularly beloved of the Lord and are integral members of the Christian community just as with each of God’s human creations, each person with a disability has catechetical needs that the Christian community must recognize and meet. All baptized persons with disabilities have a right to adequate catechesis and deserve the means to develop a relationship with God.”
We welcome all children and work with every family to identify the most appropriate opportunity for each child. The Faith Formation team has materials available for Faith Formation and Sacramental preparation for families with special needs. The Faith Formation team will assist families by providing resources for education at home as well as one-on-one time. No one is denied Faith Formation or Sacraments based on their situation. We are happy to work with everyone based on their abilities!
Please contact the Faith Formation Office for more information.
Preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation for children and youth at Our Lady of Consolation Parish is a comprehensive program designed to help guide young people as they continue their journey of Christian Initiation into the Church. Preparation for sacraments is not only about cognitive learning, but also about a time of spiritual preparation for the entire family.
Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist:
Preparation for Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist is a two year program and begins in the first grade. Students will need to complete all first grade work before being placed in a second grade class. In addition to weekly classroom preparation, students and their parents will gather several times throughout the year for parent/child sessions and workshops. These mandatory events will cover additional information and activities to ensure that each child is fully prepared to celebrate the Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist.
The Sacramental Calendar listing all of the dates and times of these Parent/Child Sessions and Workshops can be found on the Parish website.
Provisions for Both Sacraments:
- Children must complete the first grade curriculum.
- Children must attend weekly classes.
- Parental involvement in the preparation program is essential and required.
- Readiness for the celebration for sacrament will be determined by the
- Parents, Catechist and Pastor in consultation with one another.
Sacrament of Confirmation:
Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, a person completes what was begun at their Baptism. “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) This Sacrament is a milestone along a Catholic’s lifelong journey with Christ into an ever-deepening, maturing faith, rather than a culmination of religious formation.
At Our Lady of Consolation, 8th Grade is considered a preparation year that consists of: Weekly Classes from 1-2:30pm on Sundays where they will explore and deepen their Catholic Faith and Identity, Sponsor and Candidate meetings (Gather Sessions) throughout the year for Sponsors and Can- didates to grow in faith together (Offered on Sunday and Monday nights), and retreats offered in the Fall and Spring. Confirmation Preparation begins with a PARENT and CANDIDATE Orientation Meeting.
In addition to attending ALL required sessions, Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend at
least two retreats, MUST complete at least 10 service hours, and return all paperwork on time.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit Retreat (March 14th): This retreat will focus in on the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Candidates will learn by playing games, listening to speakers, engaging in a large group activity with their Sponsor, and attending Mass. By attending this retreat, Candidates will gain a deeper understanding about what they will receive following Confirmation, and learn more about what it looks like to live as Catholic in the world today. The candidate’s sponsor or parent must attend the afternoon portion of this retreat.
For Sacrament Calendars please visit our church website: www.olcparishrockford.com/begin. On right side click on Faith Formation Calendars.