Please phone the parish office and book an interview with the Pastor three (3) months before the intended baptism of your baby. Both father and mother are required to be present at the interview and the baptismal preparation class.
Sacramental Preparation Catechetical Year 2017-2018
Sacraments are vital expressions of who we are as Catholic Christians. Each time we receive a sacrament we respond in a deeper way to Jesus' call to discipleship. Since sacraments are so important to us, we take them very seriously and prepare to receive them thoughtfully and thoroughly. All sacraments are community events, and this is reflected in the preparation and celebration of the sacraments.
The Role of the Family in the Sacramental Preparation of Children:
In this parish, we are committed to the idea that taking an active part in a child's spiritual formation is the right and dignity of Christian parents. Parents are the "first teachers" of their children in the vision and practice of the Christian way of life. It is in the home that children primarily experience and come to know about God. When children experience the loving care of their family members, when they are challenged to be the best people that they can be by their parents, and when they witness a family's unceasing striving for healing and reconciliation, then children really learn about who God is. Parents are, whether they realize it or not, the "sacrament" of God's presence to their children.
Therefore, in all of our sacramental preparation programs, we attempt to nurture a strong partnership between families and our parish community. Parents are encouraged to take on their central role. The parish and the parish catechists assist parents in this task. The parish provides the immediate preparation for all sacraments; and so we strongly encourage parents to enroll their children in our Sacramental Preparation Program on or before September 10, 2017, Sister Connie Harkin Sacramental Prep. Coordinator. You can reach her through the parish office 1-250-782-3456.
Please make sure to phone the parish office and book an appointment with Fr. Vener for an interview before (September 10th) registering for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist & Confirmation both father and mother are required to be present at the interview.
Catechetical Year 2017-2018
September 10th – Commissioning of Catechists (Mass)
September 24th – Enrollment Sunday (Mass)
October 1st – Initial Meeting with children and parents (after Mass)
*October 8th - Thanksgiving Weekend
October 15th – Start of 1st Sunday Catechism/Reconciliation classes
December 10th – First Reconciliation Day
*December 17th, 24th , 31st, - Christmas Break
January 7th – Start of 1st Eucharist classes
February 4th - Start of Confirmation classes
*February 11th – Family Day
*March 18th & 25th – Spring Break
*April 1st – Easter Sunday
April 27th – Rehearsal & Meeting with Parents
April 29th – First Eucharist
May 12th (Saturday, 7:30PM) Confirmation in Notre Dame Parish
Regular meeting with parents to be agreed on October 1st 2017, parents are required to attend all the five (5) meetings
Every Saturday at 6:30PM-7:00PM or by appointment.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process by which people become members of the Roman Catholic Church. The process is concerned with the total formation of the person: believing with the Church community (doctrinal formation), living with the Church community (practical formation), praying with the Church community (liturgical formation), and serving with the Church community (apostolic formation). This gradual development culminates in the celebration of the sacraments of initiation, namely: baptism, confirmation and first Eucharist usually at Easter Vigil. Ongoing commitment requires involvement in the weekly celebration of the Eucharist and community services.
Please phone the parish office six (6) months before the wedding.