First Holy Communion

Holy Communion is the reception of Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. It is "the source and summit of the Christian life."  Just as it is necessary to nourish our bodies with material food, so also it is necessary to nourish our souls with spiritual food. Our Divine Savior so loved us that He gave us Himself in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist; He gave us His own Body and Blood as food for our souls. 

Preparation to receive first Holy Communion is offered through the Religious Education program.  Children must be baptized and at least 7 years old or in the 2nd grade.  The reception of first Holy Communion takes place in late April or early May.  Students should register no later than September 15th each year.  Weekly attendance of preparation classes is mandatory. 

For further information, please contact the Director of Religious Education, Kacey Kersman, at 231-722-2803, ext. 16. 

 

Confirmation

Every person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation.  Persons must be at least 14 years of age or in the 8th grade.  The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.  Once confirmed, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. 

For persons aged 14-17, preparation classes for this sacrament start every year at the beginning of September and conclude at the end of October or early November.  The sacrament of Confirmation is received at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Grand Rapids in November.  Because a wide range of lessons are covered in each class over the course of two months, weekly class attendance is mandatory.  Students should have a basic understanding of the Catholic faith and attend Mass regularly before starting preparation for this Sacrament.

To register, please contact the Director of Religious Education no later than August 21st each year.  Registrations after classes have started will receive the Sacrament the following year.

Adults, (age 18 and older) receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Spring.  Preparation classes start after January each year.  Please contact Deacon Bill Cook if you are interested in preparation classes. 

For further information, please contact the Director of Religious Education, Kacey Kersman, at 231-722-2803, ext. 16. or Deacon Bill Cook at ext. 14.

RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is offered to adults and children who have not yet been baptized by 7 years of age. 

Children are prepared to receive the Sacraments of Initiation through the Religious Education program.  They must attend Mass on special occasions and it is encouraged that they attend Mass regularly before reception of the sacraments.  Religious Education classes start every year at the beginning of October.  Parents interested in this program should register their child(ren) by September 15th each year. 

Adults are prepared to receive the Sacraments of Initiation through the adult RCIA program.  They too must attend Mass on special occasions and are encouraged to attend Mass regularly.  The Adult RCIA program starts at the beginning of September.  Interested adults should register by August 15th each year. 

The sacraments will be received at the Easter Vigil. 

For further information, please contact the Director of Religious Education (children), Kacey Kersman, or the RCIA Coordinator (adults) Lucrezia Esteban at 231-722-2803, ext. 16.

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