At St Patrick's Parish, children are invited to learn about the Catholic faith and grow in their
relationship with God and God’s Church. We offer preparation for the Sacraments of
Initiation which are Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist (Communion), as well as First
Reconciliation (Confession). Parents are expected to accompany their child on this lifelong
journey and encouraged to deepen their own faith and relationship with God the Father,
Jesus and the Holy Spirit!
The Holy Spirit calls us to faith. Anyone of any age is always welcome to answer the call, come and see, learn about the Catholic faith, and prepare for baptism to enter a new life in the Body of Christ.
Adults wishing to be baptized are required to attend the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). This program is offered once a year through the parish. See separate RCIA section below.
For the baptism of infants and young children, parents are required to be registered parishioners, attend a baptismal preparation class (roughly two hours), and plan to raise their child in the Catholic faith. Candidates who are baptized as infants and young children develop their faith first in the home, through the example and guidance of their parents and godparents. St Patrick’s offers baptismal classes once a month for parents of infants and young children. Please see the parish bulletin or contact the office for the date of the next baptism class. Baptisms are scheduled on weekends within the celebration of the mass, with baptism dates being scheduled through the Baptismal Prep Coordinator. For more information contact the Baptismal Prep Coordinator email@example.com.
For Baptism Registration Form click here: Baptism Registration
For baptism of older children (school aged), the child together with the parents are required to attend the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC). St Patrick’s offers the RCIC program as needed. For further information contact the Sacramental Prep Coordinator Michele Bristow firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confession is also known as the sacrament of reconciliation, penance or healing. Children
(at about grade two or 7 years of age) who are able to understand right from wrong, learn
through immersion in the Word of God about the mystery of God’s Love, how we encounter
that Love, and how to respond to that Love, and what to do when we have not responded in
kind. Before we receive Holy Communion we need to receive God’s forgiving love for those
times that we have not loved Him and our neighbours as Jesus teaches us. It is just as it is
with a friend or family, before we share a meal we make sure that all is well in our
CONFIRMATION & FIRST COMMUNION
The Diocese of Victoria follows the Restored Order of the Reception of the Sacraments of
Initiation, where children receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and then receive the
Sacrament of Holy Communion. Confirmation can be received when a person reaches the
age of discretion (age 7) according to the Rite of Confirmation and Canon Law (Canon
#891). Through God’s Word, ritual prayer, and active learning experiences, we prepare
children (at about grade three or 8 years of age) to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation
which completes their Baptism. At the same time, children who are able to distinguish the
Blessed Sacrament from ordinary bread are welcome to the table of the Eucharist and
prepare for their First Holy Communion. The Eucharist is the “summit” of Christian initiation
and celebrates our full membership in the Body of Christ
Sacramental Preparation Classes
Year 1 of the Sacramental Preparation program at St Patrick’s prepares children in grade two (7-8 years old) to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Year 2 of the Sacramental Preparation program at St Patrick’s prepares children in grade three (8-9 years old) to celebrate the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) may be offered as needed at St Patrick’s to prepare older children for Baptism, First Reconciliation, Confirmation and/or First Communion. Note that RCIC is different from the baptismal preparation classes offered to parents of infants and young children.
For all programs, each child attends classes with a parent, and together, they are expected to complete all units for the sacrament to be received. If your child is 7+ years old by the end of this year, please register via this Fillable Registration Form. This can be mailed or emailed to the parish office. You must attach a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate and you must be a registered parishioner of either Holy Cross or St Patrick’s Parishes.
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