Sacramental preparation is an important process in which parents and teachers, along with the whole parish community, help children see God acting in their lives. The sacraments that are received though your child's education at St. Norbert School include: Reconciliation, First Eucharist (Communion), and Confirmation.
Parent meetings are held prior to each sacrament to help families understand their part in the catechetical process for the sacraments.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is a sacrament of healing. It is through this sacrament that the Church reveals itself not only as a healer of sinners, but also as a community always in need of reconciliation. It is through this sacrament that God is presented as a loving father who forgives us.
Our second-grade students will participate in their First Reconciliation during the winter of their second grade school year. Parents and students participate together in this celebration. Preparation for this sacrament begins in the classroom and continues into the home. The focus of the catechesis is the healing and reconciliation offered to us by God's abundant love and forgiveness.
We are blessed as Catholics to have the opportunity to participate in Reconciliation throughout our lives. While this sacrament if offered every Saturday afternoon in the Church, we do offer our older school children the opportunity to receive this sacrament during the school day twice during the school year.
At Mass, we hear the word of God and receive Jesus, who is truly present in the Eucharist. It is also the "source and summit" of the entire Christian life. The reception of this sacrament is a very special time in the life of a young person. St. Norbert School staff will help to prepare our students for this very special day through daily classroom instruction, prayer, and various community events.
Instruction for First Eucharist begins in first grade. Reception of the Sacrament takes place the first weekend in May of the second-grade year. In addition to the initial parent meeting, children, families, and teachers participate in two para-liturgies prior to the First Holy Communion intended to promote a more active and conscious participation in the liturgy. These services focus on major themes of the Mass: Belonging, The Word, and Sharing a Meal. We remember during these services that Jesus in the One who gives us the gift of Himself.
Confirmation is the third and final Sacrament of Initiation. When one is "Confirmed" they are then full members of the Catholic Church. The best way to prepare for this Sacrament is through regular participation in weekly Mass as well as through prayer and service to others. St. Norbert School is committed to helping all students as they prepare for this Sacrament during their seventh grade year.
Confirmation preparation is a one year program which begins in the seventh grade. The Confirmation curriculum focuses on the life and teachings of Jesus, the sacraments, and our communal worship in Mass. During this program students will also prepare to affirm for themselves their faith in Jesus and His Church. The Confirmandi accept the responsibility to witness that faith in their daily lives.
Preparation for Confirmation includes the following activities:
- Regular Attendance at Sunday Mass
- Attendance at the Confirmation Information Session
- Interview with a parish staff member
- Confirmation Retreat
- Completing a minimum of ten hours of community service
- Renewal of Baptismal Promises