In their second grade year, children at St. Bartholomew receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving First Eucharist. The preparation events and curriculum are designed to give you and your child a deeper understanding of Reconciliation and its value in our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. First Reconciliation prepares your children to be properly disposed to receive Our Lord truly present, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. Preparation at St. Bart’s follows a fall and winter cycle:
First Reconciliation (Fall)
• St. Bartholomew uses the God’s Gift: Reconciliation curriculum from Loyola Press.
• Parent Formation Night: As the primary educators of your children, this parents-only session is designed to help you become more comfortable with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A presentation by Fr. Mike and Andrew Allen is followed by an extensive Q & A about the nature of the sacrament and how to present it with confidence to your children. Parents receive their child’s reconciliation workbook as well as a family guidebook to assist you in preparation for this great sacrament of healing and grace.
• Parent and Child Activity Day: This Saturday morning event for both parent and child is the culmination of your preparation at home. Together with other families, you will experience “learning stations” that will cover the Commandments, practice/role-playing of confessions, a guided tour of the reconciliation room at St. Bart’s, and role-playing an examination of conscience.
• First Reconciliation Penance Service (Form II): This beautiful Penance Service consists of a Liturgy of the Word led by Fr. Mike followed by individual confession with multiple confessors available. Parents are encouraged to receive the sacrament after their children.
First Eucharist (Winter/Spring)
• St. Bartholomew uses the God’s Gift: Eucharist curriculum from Loyola Press.
Students are confirmed at St. Bartholomew in the spring of their 9th grade year. When does their preparation begin? As soon as they step foot into the EDGE program in 6th grade. EDGE, our middle school program, is designed to equip our students with the tools necessary to begin fostering a personal relationship with Jesus, establishing a prayer life and coming to understand the beauty of their Catholic Faith. Over the course of three years, students will be prepared for confirmation, and upon moving into 9th grade, will be asked to complete some “confirmation specific” preparatory pieces. These are as follows:
Couples planning to be married are asked to contact the parish one year in advance. Preparation includes meetings with the priest or deacon, the PREPARE program, and an engaged workshop/retreat. Parish membership is required.
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is offered for those whose health is impaired by physical or mental illness. Private anointing can be arranged by request. Though chaplains are often available at hospitals, it is appropriate to celebrate the sacrament in the parish or at home with loved ones before major surgery. Our God and the Christian Community want to journey with you during these critical life events.
Those admitted to the Sacrament of Holy Orders serve the church as bishops, priests and deacons. The vocation to Holy Orders is understood to be a call from God himself. A man who believes he may have a vocation to serve the church in Holy Orders is encouraged to present himself to the church in order that the church may assist him in the process of discernment, provide the necessary formation, and finally, God willing, ordain that individual.
Candidates for ordination to the diaconate are admitted to a part-time formation process lasting four years.
Candidates for ordination to the presbyterate (diocesan priesthood) are admitted to a full-time formation process lasting four years. (Several prerequisites are required, and thus the process of formation may be longer [five to eight years] for those lacking the necessary prerequisites.)
Candidates for ordination to the episcopacy (bishop) are chosen from among priests.
If you believe that God may be calling you or someone you know to service in the church as a bishop, priest, or deacon, please contact Father Mike Van Sloun, Deacon Rick Witucki, the Archdiocesan Vocation Office or the Archdiocesan Center for the Diaconate (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Director of Children & Adult Faith Formation
Director of Children & Adult Faith Formation
Director of Youth Ministry and Middle/High School Faith Formation
Director, Pastoral Care