Sacramental Preparation

First Communion Preparation

Family Communion Sign Ups Baptismal Certificate Request 2018-2019 First Communion Schedule of Dates

We are excited to help your child prepare for receiving the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist! At St. Irenaeus our First Communicants will have fun learning all about “The Mass”. Breaking down parts of the Mass and allowing them to role play and take parts in the Opening Rite or the Liturgy of the Word enables them to learn by doing. During our preparation to the Lord’s Table the children have an opportunity to paint their own chalices, create a First Communion banner and participate in a classroom Last Supper experience.

Our formal preparation for the Sacrament of the Eucharist begins in 2nd grade. Our preparation begins in first grade and it is expected that all children attend grade one. However, if a child is older than the age in which the sacrament is received, we will try to place the older children in an RCIC program. It is not always possible to do this.

The children should be enrolled in our Catechetical program or attending a Catholic school. We offer two ways in which the child may celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist. You may choose to celebrate a Family Communion during a specified weekend mass, or Group Communion during the Solemn Communion Mass in early May. Please call Pat Egan-Myers if you have any questions!


2018 Dates

October 29th, Monday at 4:45 and 6:45 pm ~ Orientation Parent Meeting* (Parish Hall)

October 30th, Tuesday at 4:45pm ~ Orientation Parent Meeting* (Parish Hall)

*    Please note that two Orientation Parent Meetings have been scheduled.  Please choose only one time to attend.  One parent is expected to attend even if you have had a First Communicant in previous years.   


2019 Dates

January 20, Sunday at 11:30 am
Rite of Enrollment Mass (First Communicant & Family)

March 4, Monday at 4:45 & 6:45 pm
Parent Meeting Final Instruction** (Parish Hall)

March 5, Tuesday at 4:45 pm
Parent Meeting Final Instruction** (Parish Hall)
**  Please note the Parent Meeting times above and choose one time to attend.

March 18, Monday at 4:45 & 6:45 pm
Painted Pot Chalice Painting Workshop (Parish Hall)

March 19, Tuesday at 4:45pm
Painted Pot Chalice Painting Workshop (Parish Hall)

March 25, Monday at 4:45 and 6:45 pm
Church Tour

March 26, Tuesday at 4:45 pm
Church Tour

May 2, Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Solemn Communion Practice (Church)

May 4, Saturday at 11:00 am
Solemn Communion Mass


First Reconciliation Preparation

The parish preparation for celebration of First Reconciliation is conducted in grades 2, 3, and 4. The students have lessons in their curriculum which cover the sacrament. The children in all grades study the sacrament during Lent. It is central to the season which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Good Friday.

The “norm” set by the archdiocese is in 2nd grade – however many parents feel their child may not be mature enough to celebrate the sacrament. It is our aim at St. Irenaeus to assist families who may for various reasons choose different ages for their child to receive this sacrament.

If you have more than one child within these grades, they can all prepare for and celebrate the sacrament together.

      The PARENT ORIENTATION meeting is for the parents only.  I will be combining the Eucharist parent meeting with the first reconciliation meeting. These meetings will be held during class time. We look at the sacrament of baptism and Eucharist as the church’s first means to forgiveness. There will be an explanation of how penance became a separate sacrament in the church. A brief history of the sacrament in the church. A brief history of the sacrament from the third century to the present will be given.   It is important that at least one parent attend.

The children will come to two Workshops. At least one parent must come with the child to these sessions. If your child/children attend a parochial school they are required to be part of the parish preparation program and celebrate the sacrament in the parish.

   ***If you wish to have your child/children participate in this program you must register. If you are interested in this preparation please call the Office of Catechetics at 248-651-2443

Register here


Parent Orientation Meeting:

If you wish to have your child celebrate First Reconciliation this year, please note the parent orientation meeting is on:

Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 4:45 or 6:45pm

Or

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at 4:45pm

Choose one class only.  Registration is not required for this meeting.  This session is for Parents only.  If you have any questions, please call Pat Egan-Myers (248-651-2443).

 

First Reconciliation Workshops

Remember: attendance is required of parent and child.  You must be registered to attend

The FIRST WORKSHOP of Preparation – Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 6:45pm in the Parish Hall

The SECOND WORKSHOP of Preparation – Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6:45pm in the Parish Hall

 

First Reconciliation

The tentative date for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is
Tuesday March 12, 2019 at 7:00pm


Confirmation Preparation

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Phase I

Phase I Confirmation is for 8th grade students who are beginning the preparation for the sacrament.  The program involves both public school and Catholic school students.  The policy of the archdiocese is that young people celebrate the sacraments in their home parish.

Our Phase I program is for both parents and their young adult.  Phase I consists of 8 sessions (the first one is a retreat format), one Sunday a month from 3 to 5pm. We invite special speakers who help us delve into knowing who Jesus is and how we can nurture a relationship with him through prayer, meditation, receiving the sacraments, being in a faith community, reflecting on scripture, and developing a faith life at home.

Calendar

Phase II

Phase II Confirmation is for 9th grade students who have completed Phase I program in 8th grade.  Phase II is in session from September through December with receiving the Sacrament in January.  We attend a Retreat, attend 8 meeting and work together in a common service project.  All teens are required to attend at least two youth group meetings as part of program.

In Phase II, teens come together with their peers to meet and open the word of God and learn how to apply the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in their lives.   Our meetings are opened with prayer, hospitality, ice breakers and discussion of all of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday January 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Confirmation Sponsor Information

Confirmation Baptismal Certificate Request

Confirmation Schedule


RCIC

St. Irenaeus welcomes with joy those who wish to return to the church of their baptism or to join us in embracing Jesus Christ for the first time! It is an honor and a privilege for us to share our faith with you. Your questions and inquiries will always be respectfully received by the Pastor and staff. Come join us in prayer and see what blessings will be yours.

RCIC is for children not baptized as infants and for children who were baptized in a different Christian community who would like to receive the sacraments of First Communion or First Reconciliation.

The order of Christian initiation for children is a wonderful gift to the parish. Children have a way of ministering to their families and to the community. Welcoming children into the community of faith and forming them in its life continues to raise new, good questions for each generation of Christians.

If you have any questions about RCIC please contact, Pat Egan-Myers at (248) 651-2443 Ext. 115


RCIA

St. Irenaeus welcomes with joy those who wish to return to the church of their baptism or to join us in embracing Jesus Christ for the first time! It is an honor and a privilege for us to share our faith with you. Your questions and inquiries will always be respectfully received by the Pastor and staff. Come join us in prayer and see what blessings will be yours.

The Catholic Church warmly welcomes new members and tries to provide an appropriate spiritual formation according to the person’s needs.  Through the Catechumenate the church encourages an ongoing conversion to Jesus Christ and the reign of God he proclaimed.

RCIA is the process through which church ministers assist adults who were previously baptized in another Christian tradition or who were not previously baptized to prepare for full initiation into the Catholic Church. RCIA includes the sacraments of baptism (if not yet baptized), confirmation, and the Eucharist.

If you have any questions about RCIA please contact, Pat Egan-Myers at (248) 651-2443 Ext. 115