Sacramental Preparation


Since the young people who make up the student body at St. Mary School come from many different parishes, there may exist some confusion on where the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation are to be celebrated. These Sacraments of Initiation are to be celebrated in the parish church where the person receiving the Sacrament is a parishioner. At times there may be extenuating circumstances which could prevent this from happening. It is then the responsibility of the pastor of the candidate receiving the Sacrament to make a pastoral decision as how best to resolve the issue. The parish we belong to is our spiritual home and the community where our faith is nurtured and supported. In a parochial school setting where the student body is made up of parishioners from different parishes it is important that the host parish does not assume a role that it doesn’t have. Here at St. Mary School, we will always respect the relationship that our students have as parishioners at their own parishes.

Typically, children in the second grade prepare for the sacraments of penance and holy Communion and those in the eighth grade prepare for Confirmation. If your child, for whatever reason, has not received one or more of the sacraments he/she should have received by this time in his/her life, please contact Brian McCauley at St. Mary of the Assumption (740.653.5054) so an appropriate and timely plan of catechesis, formation, and sacramental preparation can be developed to assist the parents in this preparation.

Parents — Please be diligent in adding these events to your calendar so you may be faithful in attending these important sessions.  If you’re unable to attend or miss a session, the responsibility is yours to contact me that following week so we can cover the material you missed.  Also, deadlines for sacramental forms are very important, so please be sure to submit information on time or your son or daughter may not be able to receive the sacrament as scheduled. As a parent, you are the primary teacher of the faith to your child.  Father Eilerman and I are happy to assist and support you in any way we can with this very essential charge in forming you child’s mind and heart with the teachings of our Lord and His Church. In your charity, please pray that the Holy Spirit may guide and bless our preparations this year. Thank you, Mr. McCauley

Sacramental Preparation Calendar for Confirmation and Penance/Communion - 2018-2019
Date Name of Event Time Location
September 16 Meeting for Parents of Children Preparing for the Sacraments of Penance & Holy Communion or Confirmation 10-11am Spirit Center
October 7 Confirmation Preparation Session I: Candidates & Parents 10-11am Spirit Center
October 21 Confirmation Preparation Session II: Candidates & Parents 10-11am Spirit Center
November 4 Confirmation Preparation Session III: Candidates & Parents 10-11am Spirit Center
November 18 Penance & Communion Parent & Child "Church Search" 10-11am Church
December 2 Sacramental Form (Download) for Confirmation Due to Mr. McCauley Rectory
December 9 Confirmation Letter to Fr. Eilerman Due to Mr. McCauley Rectory
December 9 Penance Preparation Session for Parents 10-11am Spirit Center
January 20 Confirmation Preparation Session IV: Candidates & Parents 10-11am Spirit Center
February 3 Sacramental Form (Download) for Holy Communion Due to Mr. McCauley Rectory
February 3 Holy Communion Preparation Session I: For Parents 10-11am Spirit Center
February 17 Holy Communion Preparation Session II: For Parents 10-11am Spirit Center
March 3 Confirmation Rehearsal for Candidates & Sponsors 12:30pm TBD
March 8-10 Confirmation Retreat Weekend at Camp Damascus TBD
March 12 Holy Mass with Administration of Confirmation – Candidates will meet in the church basement by 6:15pm 7:00pm Church
April 4 Celebration of First Penance at Parish Penance Service 7:00pm TBD
May 18 First Communion Retreat: All St. Mary Parish Children 9-12 noon TBD
May 19 11.15 Mass with First Holy Communion – Children will meet by 10.30 11.15am TBD