Sacramental Preparation

 

 

Baptism

Baptism is a time of special joy and blessing and it can serve as a reminder to us that we are called to renew and deepen our faith in the Paschal Mystery by participating in the Churches liturgy, by daily prayer and works of charity. 

The Church encourages parents to have their child baptized within the first 3 to 4 months; please contact Margaret (282-7217) in the parish office to register for the baptism class and to schedule the baptism.  

Baptism preparation classes are held monthly.  The next class will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.  In case of an emergency, such as illness of the child or parent, please contact the Holy Cross office to request alternative arrangements.    

The preparation class will include the topics: Why we baptize infants, how to prepare for the baptism, the baptism service, as well as other important issues.

Please ask for a copy of the booklet "Your Baby's Baptism," by Liguori Press.  It will be helpful if parents read the booklet before beginning the preparation class. 

We look forward meeting you and your baby. 

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1st Reconciliation

During the 2nd grade, children of Holy Cross prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  They will receive this sacrament at Holy Cross.

Students and their parents will be asked to prepare for this sacrament in several concrete ways.  We hope the range of activities will help families come to know God as a forgiving Father who we seek regularly to forgive us from our sins. 

The following is expected:

Parent Meeting:

Parents of all 2nd grade students are expected to attend a parent meeting regarding their child’s preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on TBD.  This meeting will be held in the Church at 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm and will last approximately ½ hour. 

Classroom Learning:

Students in grade 2 are expected to regularly attend faith formation classes every year through the 12th grade.  Beginning in January, students will learn about the sacrament of Reconciliation in their Faith Formation classroom. 

1st Reconciliation Retreat:

Students in grade 2 and at least one parent are required to attend the 1st Reconciliation Retreat on TBD at Holy Cross.  Through story, prayer, discussion and fun activities, students and parents learn about the Sacrament of Reconciliation and how receiving this sacrament regularly can bring them into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Confirmation/1st Eucharist (Grade 3)

During the 3rd grade, children of Holy Cross prepare for and receive the last two sacraments of initiation – Confirmation and Eucharist.  They will receive these two sacraments at the same Mass.  Students and their parents will be asked to prepare for both sacraments in several concrete ways. We hope the range of activities will help families receive a basic understanding of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit and a deeper understanding of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. 

The following is expected of Holy Cross 3rd grade students and parents in order to be fully prepared to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist during this academic year.

Parent Meeting:

Parents of all 3rd grade students are expected to attend a parent meeting regarding their child’s preparation for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist on TBD.  This meeting will be held in the Church at 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm and will last approximately  ½ hour.  Parents may attend the meeting at either time. 

Classroom Learning:

Students in grade 3 are expected to regularly attend faith formation classes every year through the 12th grade. Throughout the year, grade 3 students will learn solely about the sacrament of Confirmation/1st Eucharist in their faith formation classroom.  Starting in September, the students will be going over 6 lessons on the Eucharist.  You, as a parent, will receive a First Eucharist family poster that compliments the lessons your child is learning in class.  We as that you take time at home to work with your child on the weekly lessons.  This will give you and your child a better understanding of the Sacrament.

Retreats:

Students in grade 3 and at least one parent are required to attend the 1st Eucharistic Retreat on TBD.  The retreat will be held at Holy Cross.  The retreat will include stories, prayer, discussion and fun activities that help students and their parents learn more about about Confirmation and 1st Eucharist, and how both sacraments can bring them into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.

Confirmation Record Form and Baptismal Certificate:

At Faith Formation Registration, parents will be asked to complete a Confirmation Record Form for their child. A copy of the child’s baptismal certificate is also needed before they can be confirmed.  If the child was baptized at Holy Cross, we most likely have a record of it. If they were baptized at another church, you must call that church and request that the baptismal certificate be sent to Holy Cross.  The Confirmation Record Form and a copy of the baptismal certificate should be turned in no later than TBD

Service Project Form:

Students in grade 3 are asked to complete 1 parish or 1 community service project. This is the minimum requirement – it is always better to do more; to build a habit of service. We would like to emphasize that the service project be done as a family.  Parents will receive a Service Project form at the parent meeting in October.  This form should be turned in no later than TBD.

Confirmation Name Form:

Students may choose to take a saint’s name or their Baptismal name as their Confirmation name.  Parents will receive a Confirmation Name form at the parent meeting in October.  This form should be turned in no later than TBD. The Confirmation Name form includes a Catholic saint website for parents and children to locate and learn more about the saint the child has chosen.  Stories of Catholic saints can also be found in various Catholic saint books available in the Faith Formation Resource Room. Please contact Brenda if you would like to check out one of these books.                

Sponsor Information Form:

Each 3rd grade Confirmation candidate must have one sponsor. This person must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic of at least 16 years of age. Students are encouraged to visit regularly with their sponsor, eithe rby phone or in person throughout the school year.  Sponsors must be present at the Confirmation and 1st Commuion Mass on TBD.  Parents will receive a sponsor information form at the parent meeting and this form should be turned in no later than TBD.

Reconciliation:

Parents are strongly encouraged to bring their child to the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to their child receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist TBD.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered at Holy Cross every Saturday (except Holy Saturday) from 3:30-4:00pm or by appointment.  Holy Cross will also offer an opportunity to go to this sacrament at our Communal Reconciliation Service.  The date is to be determinded.

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Confirmation (Grade 4-12)

4-12 grade students who have not yet received the sacrament of Confirmation will prepare to receive this sacrament in the fall of 2014. 

Students will be asked to prepare to receive Confirmation in several concrete ways. We hope that the range of activities will help each student to reflect on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and move toward a mature commitment to their faith. Remember, this commitment does not have to do with a certain amount of knowledge, and does not mean that the student, at this point, is an adult – but, with the grace of Confirmation, the student is fully initiated into the Church. This is not an end, but a beginning! 

The following is asked of Holy Cross 4-12 grade students who will be confirmed during this academic year:

Classroom/Learning:

Students in grades 4-12 are expected to attend faith formation classes, which are offered through 12th grade.  As we know, Confirmation is not a graduation from faith formation. All students, whether in 1st grade or 12th grade, are to continue learning about their Catholic faith, guided by their parents.

Retreat:

Students in grades 4-12 and at least one parent of that student are required to attend the Confirmation Retreat on TBD at Holy Cross.  The retreat will include stories, prayer, discussion and games that will help students and their parents learn more about Confirmation, and how this sacrament can bring them into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.  The student’s sponsor is encouraged to attend, but not required to. 

Confirmation Preparation Booklet:

Students will receive a booklet of preparation materials at the retreat.  This booklet focuses on the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit and includes prayers and learning activities to be done at home with the family in the weeks prior to their Confirmation. 

Confirmation Record Form and Baptismal Certificate:

At Faith Formation Registration, parents will be asked to complete a Confirmation Record Form for their child. A copy of the child’s baptismal certificate is also needed before they can be confirmed.  If the child was baptized at Holy Cross, we most likely have a record of it. If they were baptized at another church, you must call that church and request that the baptismal certificate be sent to Holy Cross.  The  Confirmation Record Form and a copy of the baptismal certificate should be turned in no later than TBD

Service Project Form:

Students are asked to complete 1 parish or 1 community service project. This is the minimum requirement – it is always better to do more; to build a habit of service. We would like to emphasize that the service project be done as a family.  Parents will receive a Service Project form at the retreat in October.  This form should be turned in no later than TBD.                                                                    

Confirmation Name Form:

Students may choose to take a saint’s name or their Baptismal name as their Confirmation name.  Parents will receive a Confirmation Name form at the retreat in October.  This form should be turned in no later than TBD. The Confirmation Name form includes a Catholic saint website for parents and children to locate and learn more about the saint the child has chosen.  Stories of Catholic saints can also be found in various Catholic saint books available in the Faith Formation Resource Room.  Please contact Brenda if you would like to check out one of these books.                                                             

Sponsor Information Form:

Each Confirmation candidate must have one sponsor. This person must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic of at least 16 years of age. The sponsor cannot be the parent of the candidate. Students are encouraged to visit regularly with their sponsor, either by phone or in person throughout the school year. Sponsors must be present at the Confirmation rehearsal and the Confirmation Mass.  Parents will receive a Sponsor Information form at the retreat in October.  This form should be turned in no later than TBD

Reconciliation:

Parents are strongly encouraged to bring their child to the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to their child receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered at Holy Cross every Saturday from 3:30-4:00pm or by appointment. 

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Marriage Preparation

We are happy to assist couples who want to be married in the Church. Your desire to be married at Holy Cross and/or your asking for help with the preparation tells us that your belief in Christ and the Church is important to you as a couple. Because community is such a central part of what it means to be Catholic, it is important that you be an active member of the parish, if you are not already. Being active means you are a registered member of the parish, you join us at Eucharist on Sunday and that you share your gifts with us, thus blessing us as your faith community, while benefiting from our gifts of the community in return. In other words, the relationship you have with us as a parish is an important part of preparing for marriage and a lifetime journey of faith.

In the Diocese of Fargo the marriage requirements are as follows:

To begin the process or ask questions, contact the church office at 701-282-7217.

Marriage Prep Booklet

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RCIA  

Do you someone who is interested in becoming Catholic ~ maybe a friend, co-worker, or family member?  Consider the power of invitation, an invitation to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). 

What exactly is the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)?

The RCIA is a liturgical-catechetical process that provides formation into the Catholic faith and way of life for non-baptized adults, Christians of other denominations, and adult Catholics who have not been confirmed.  Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults participants have the opportunity to ask questions about the Church and hear about the message of Jesus Christ and how that message is lived out in the Catholic Church.

How the RCIA works

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process provides a structure for:

+    learning about the Catholic faith and way of life;

+    catechesis (the handing on of the teachings of the Church);

+    public and private prayer;

+    the opportunity to participate in faith-sharing groups;

+    direct spiritual support from members of the Holy Cross community;

+    the observance of feasts, fasts, Sundays and seasons of the Church Calendar;

+    participation in the work of the church for justice and peace;

+    and proclamation of the Gospel

During this time, each catechumen or candidate is paired with a sponsor who serves as a spiritual companion who provides support and encouragement.

When is the RCIA offered at Holy Cross?

Weekly RCIA meetings will resume on September 16th and continue until Pentecost Sunday, with breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Each meeting will provide the opportunity to reflect on the Sunday scripture readings, to receive teaching on a wide range of topics related to church teachings and Catholic-Christian living, interact with presenters and facilitators and the group, and participate in and share hospitality.

For more information about RCIA call Darryl Lutovsky at 701-492-9429.

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Funeral Preparation

To make funeral preparations for your loved one, call Bianca in the church office at 282-7217.

Funeral Preparation Booklet