Christian Initiation of Adults
The process for initiation of new members is individualized for each person, although there is usually an ongoing group. How does a person become Catholic? describe the four stages: inquiry, formation, preparation for initiation and reflection upon initiation. The time frame for each period can vary; generally, the total time frame is several months to a year. Weekly sessions are held throughout the year. Inquirers can meet according to their schedule. Those in the formation stage attend one of the Saturday or Sunday Eucharistic Celebrations and stay for an additional hour to hour and a half. The norm for adult baptism is a celebration at the Easter Vigil, though exceptions can be made.
If you are considering the Catholic faith, or you are an adult Catholic who has yet to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation, contact Deacon Bill Caubet.
Si eres alguien que está considerando la fe católica, o es un adulto católico que aún no ha recibido uno o varios de los Sacramentos de la Reconciliación, la Eucaristía o la Confirmación, póngase en contacto con Diácono Bill Caubet
Sacramental Preparation for Children and Youth
Children are prepared for the first reception of Reconciliation in the first semester of grade two during their class sessions in the Parish School of Religion or at Columbia Catholic School. Parent meetings in October and November will involve parents and families in this preparation. A Communal Celebration of Reconciliation for the children and their families is celebrated in early December. Children in grade two are prepared in the second semester for the first reception of Eucharist. Parent meetings in March will involve parents and families in the preparation. Individual celebrations of First Eucharist can be scheduled on the Saturday/Sundays after Easter. Children beyond grade two who have not received first sacraments can have a special preparation. Call the parish office to discuss procedures. Confirmation is celebrated with juniors and seniors in high school every other year. The monthly preparation sessions begin in early September and run through early May.