“Do this in remembrance of Me.”
IMPORTANT DATES for ALL Sacraments 2018-19
- Celebrate Jesus! First Eucharist Retreat – Sunday, March 3, from 1:30p.m. to 4:00p.m., in LeGras Hall for families whose last names begin with A through L.
- Celebrate Jesus! First Eucharist Retreat – Sunday, March 10, from 1:30p.m. to 4:00p.m., in LeGras Hall for families whose last names begin with M through Z.
- First Eucharist Practices – Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 7:00p.m.; OR Friday, May 3, at 3:15p.m.; OR Wednesday, May 8, at 7:00p.m. All in the Church. (Practice lasts one hour.)
- First Eucharist Celebrations – May 4, 2019 at 11:00a.m. for families whose last names begin with A through H; May 4, 2019 at 1:30p.m. for families whose last names begin with I through P; May 11, 2019 at 11:00a.m. for families whose last names begin with Q through Z.
8th GRADE Confirmation/Rite of Election:
- Parent/Candidate (student) Meeting – Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 7:00pm- lower level of LeGras Hall. Retreat and Rite of Election will be discussed.
- Confirmation Retreat – Sunday, March 24, 2019 @ St. Thomas More Church from 1:30p.m. to 5:30p.m. Busing will be provided.
- Rite of Election – Saturday, March 30, at 6:00p.m. Mass, OR Sunday, March 31 at 12:00 noon Mass, OR Sunday, March 31 at 4:30p.m. Mass.
Choose ONE Mass that best fits your family’s schedule.
Sacraments of Initiation
According to the Sacraments of Initiation Policies for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, the following needs to be noted:
- The Sacraments of Initiation offer opportunities for all persons to become full and active members within a parish Faith community. As a result, parishes have the primary responsibility for the initiation of their members.
- The celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation ordinarily take place in the Parish Community of membership for the candidate, regardless of where the catechetical preparation occurs.
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Formal preparation begins in second grade; however, students are expected to have the foundation of the first grade curriculum. First Reconciliation will take place in December. The First Communions will be celebrated in the weeks after Easter.
- Parent(s)/Guardians of candidates for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist will receive information regarding a Parent/Guardian Meeting in October to prepare for First Reconciliation, and a First Communion Meeting for Parent/Guardian in January. A student/parent Retreat opportunity will be offered in March. All families are expected to participate in these events.
FYI… LOW GLUTEN family members:
To ensure your participation, please be aware that you may request to receive a low gluten (it’s very low) host during Eucharist.
The procedure at St. Louise de Marillac is:
1. please inform the sacristan before the Mass that low gluten is needed. The sacristy is at the end of the short hall opposite the table at the main entrance to our Church.
2. always go to the priests “line” to receive the Sacrament.
3. please quietly say “low-gluten” to the priest so he is aware.
Formal preparation for Confirmation begins in eighth grade, but students are expected to have the foundation of the curriculum for grades one through seven, with Confirmation concentration beginning in the sixth grade. The Sacrament of Confirmation takes place in the Fall of 9th grade at St. Louise de Marillac, according to the Bishop’s schedule.
- Parent(s)/Guardians of Confirmation Candidates in the Seventh Grade will receive information regarding a meeting in October, which at least one parent and their candidate are expected to attend. The Rite of Intention will take place in December at the start of the new Liturgical year, during the Sunday Masses. All 7th grade students are to attend and present their letter of intention for participation in Confirmation to Father.
- Parent(s)/Guardians of Confirmation Candidates in the Eighth Grade will receive information regarding a meeting in February, which at least one parent and their candidate are expected to attend. The Rite of Election will take place in March during the Lenten Season, along with the Cluster Retreat experience. All 8th grade students are to participate as the “Elect” in this special blessing and formal rite in preparation for the participation in Confirmation.
- Highlights of the Confirmation Preparation for the Ninth Grade students include:
- a Confirmation Holy Hour/Retreat and continual participation at weekend Liturgies,
- ongoing Parish/Community/World Service,
- Prayer of discernment for means of sharing gifts in everyday life,
- Review of curriculum materials found in the “red” Confirmation Handbook.
- Confirmation Service Hours Form
Christian Initiation of Children (CIC)
The opportunity to explore the sacraments and full membership in the Catholic Faith is offered as a process of formation for children who are of “catechetical age.” Any student who has not participated in Baptism, Confirmation or First Eucharist, may participate in preparation for these sacraments if he/she wishes to do so. Of course, this is all completed in conjunction with the family Faith support in the home.
“Children who have reached catechetical age are to be prepared for full sacramental initiation in the same manner as adults:
- Participation in a period of Evangelization
- Admission to the Order of Catechumens
- Participation in the Catechumenate for at least a year
- Celebration of the Lenten Period of purification
- Celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist
- Participation in Mystagogical Catechesis and full inclusion in the typical Religious Formation of Catholic aged peers.
Catechetical Formation should be thoroughly comprehensive in its presentation of The Truths of Catholic doctrine and moral life. It should retain the breadth and spirit described by the Rite and be of the type that:
- Enlightens Faith
- Directs the heart toward God
- Fosters participation in the Holy Mass
- Inspires apostolic activity, and
- Nurtures a life in accord with the Spirit of Christ.”
(The Sacraments of Initiation – Policies for Diocese of Pittsburgh, pgs. 12-13)