Sacramental Preparation becomes a personal awareness of God in our lives. It is a spiritual journey and commitment, bringing us closer to God.
Bishop Matano has released new policies for preparation and reception of Sacraments. The new guidelines will be explained at this session.
Some issues to be aware of:
· Children do not prepare for Sacraments in their classroom, but through the Faith Formation program of their parish.
· The Diocese of Rochester states that children are to prepare and receive sacraments at their home parish.
· If you are a member of a parish other than Holy Cross, please contact your Faith Formation office about sacraments for your child.· If your child is not baptized, and you want to learn more about becoming a member of the Catholic faith, please call the Parish Office at 663-2244.
A Sacrament is a joyous proclamation of God's presence in our lives. Christ is ALIVE. He is actually present among us; we can see Him, hear Him, touch Him, and communicate with Him...in the Sacraments.
A major responsibility of Holy Cross Church is to guide all parishioners with their preparation to receive a sacrament for the first time. Each year, many parish children participate in the Sacraments of Initiation and/or Healing. A Parish Religious Education or a Catholic School class provide support and understanding for sacraments, but the main teacher in preparation of a sacrament is the parent, under the direction of the parish's sacramental guidelines.
For individuals seeking to complete their Sacraments of Initiation and/or Healing, the Christian Initiation (RCIA) process offers an environment of support and guidance as you discover God is working in your life.