"The 7 Sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian Life." St. Thomas Aquinas
Apr 9th - 7PM - Holy Thursday Mass
Apr 10th - 7PM - Good Friday Mass
Apr 11th - 8PM - Adult Baptisms: Easter Vigil
May 17th - 1st Eucharist celebrations at all Masses
Youth Confirmation: tba
Sacraments for Children & Youth
BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN AGES BIRTH TO 7 YEARS
St. Ann Parish provides Baptism preparation classes for parents who wish to have a pre-school child baptized. The baptism of infants and young children is supported by scripture and was practiced since the beginning of Christianity (see Mt 19:14, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 16:15, Acts 16:33, 1 Cor 1:16, and St. Hippolytus of Rome c. 215 AD). Infant baptism is based on the assurance of the parents and Godparents that the child will be raised within a Catholic Christian household that is actively practicing their Faith and will gradually introduce their child to a life of Discipleship.
Baptism preparation classes consist of 2 parent meetings, held on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8pm. The classes are offered several times each year. Check the bulletin or call the office for the next scheduled class times.
Baptisms for young children are held during the regularly scheduled weekend Masses, usually 2 weeks after the preparation classes. Contact Dr. Clement at the parish office to sign up for the next class.
BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH AGES 7 TO 18 YEARS
Catholic Canon Law recognizes that when children have reached the "Age of Reason" (around 7 years), that they are capable of speaking on their own behalf. This means that they must speak for themselves when preparing for and celebrating the sacrament of Baptism.
All who are unbaptized, from the "Age of Reason" through adults are prepared for Baptism through a process called the Catechumenate or the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). This preparation process is adapted for children and leads to the combined celebration of Baptism, Confirmation and 1st Eucharist. To honor each person's individual journey of faith, we must discern how best to apply the preparation process to meet the child's needs and the needs of the entire family. For more information, contact Dr. Clement at the parish office.
PROFESSION OF FAITH FOR CHILDREN (for children baptized in another Christian faith tradition)
A child must be a Baptized Catholic to be eligible to celebrate 1st Eucharist. Children who were baptized in another Christian faith tradition are never "re-baptized". They must simply make a formal "Profession of Faith" which includes a renewal of their original baptismal promises. This is an adaptation of the Catechumenate process and can be included in the preparation process for 1st Eucharist. For more information, contact Dr. Clement at the parish office.
1ST EUCHARIST (1st Communion)
St. Ann Parish provides 1st Eucharist preparation for children in grades 2 through 12. Children must be baptized Catholic and currently participating in the regular Christian Formation program. Preparation for 1st Eucharist includes 3 parent/child meetings and the completion of an at-home workbook (bilingual edition available). Preparation for 1st Reconciliation must take place BEFORE the celebration of 1st Eucharist. 1st Reconciliation preparation takes place in the fall/winter and is followed by preparation for 1st Eucharist in the winter/spring.
1ST RECONCILIATION (1st Confession or 1st Penance)
St. Ann Parish provides 1st Reconciliation preparation for children in grades 2 through 12. Children must be baptized Catholic and currently participating in the regular Christian Formation program. Preparation for 1st Reconciliation includes 3 parent/child meetings and the completion of an at-home workbook (bilingual edition available). Preparation for 1st Reconciliation must take place BEFORE the celebration of 1st Eucharist. 1st Reconciliation preparation takes place in the fall/winter and is followed by preparation for 1st Eucharist in the winter/spring.
Effective July 1, 2010, the Diocese of Richmond established policies regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation for adolescents who have received the Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist.
In order for an adolescent to begin preparing for Confirmation, he or she must be currently enrolled in the 10th grade and at least 15 years of age. Reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation will occur in the spring of the year in which the candidate has completed the preparation.
All Candidates seeking Confirmation must be concurrently enrolled in a religious education program during the year in which they prepare for the sacrament.