Sacrament Preparation for Children ages 7-18
Sept. 10, 2017: Gr. 7 and 8 Confirmation Parent Mtg., WS; 7:30 pm
Sept. 24, 2017: First Reconciliation Parent Mtg., DR; 7:15 pm
Oct. 6/7, 2017: 8th grade Confirmation Retreats
Dec. 4/5, 2017: First Reconciliation, 7 pm
Jan. 26/27, 2018: 7th grade Confirmation Retreats
Feb. 25, 2018: First Holy Communion Parent Mtg., DR; 7:15 pm
April 15, 2018: First Holy Communion; 9 am, 12 and 3 pm
May 2018: Confirmation (date TBA)
Students receive special, intense preparation for Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation with the parent/guardian. Students in both the Parish School and Religious Education celebrate reception of the sacraments jointly.
Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is a 2-year program, beginning in first grade. The sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist are received for the first time in the second grade. Confirmation preparation is also a 2-year program, beginning in the seventh grade. Candidates in both seventh and eighth grade participate in retreats, special events and complete Stewardship (service) hours. The sacrament of Confirmation is received in the eighth grade.
All candidates for sacraments (Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation) must provide a copy of their baptism certificate to the Religious Education office by October 31st. Baptism certificates can be faxed directly to our office at 402-861-4590 by the parish where your child was baptized.
Parent meetings are scheduled during the year so that parents may review the content of the preparation and deepen their own understanding of the sacrament being received. Please contact Mary Maguire at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions concerning preparation or celebration of the sacraments.
7th and 8th grade Confirmation candidates are asked to do 10 hours of stewardship (service) and reflect on what they learned about their gifts and how God is working in their life. Please complete the Stewardship Reflection below to guide you in your reflection for each service opportunity and help come up with new ways to serve the Lord. To access the Stewardship Reflection form, please click on
We have revised and improved the online Stewardship Reflection Form available on the Stephen.org website. Paper forms will no longer be accepted by RE or school teachers or by the office. The new form is similar to previous years, however now a PDF of the student’s answers will be automatically emailed back to the student/parent when the form is submitted. Misplaced or forgotten forms will now be a thing of the past!
*NEW* Stewardship Reflection form can be reached by clicking on the link above or by scanning the QR code at right.
Stewardship Hours for 2017/2018:
– At least 10 hours (5 within the parish, 5 in the community)
– First 5 hours due December 1, 2017; total hours due May 1, 2018
– May begin earning and submitting hours after May 1, 2017
It is the responsibility of the student, with guidance from parents, to find and complete the required hours. Opportunities within the parish and community will be posted in the bulletin and RE/school newsletters throughout the year. These are suggestions only. Students may perform stewardship hours anywhere in the community. Questions? Please contact Betsy Carroll, Confirmation Coordinator, at email@example.com or 402-861-4510.
Ideas for Stewardship Hours
Serving and caring for God’s creation can include people, animals and the earth. Possibilities are endless, but here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Rummage Sale
- Vacation Bible School
- Sanctuary Decorating
- Altar Server
- Parish Festival
- Halloween Trunk or Treat
- Fish Fry
- Cooking/Baking for various parish fundraisers or activities
- Landscape clean-up
- Animal Shelter
- All-Play Baseball for Special Needs Children
- Top Soccer
- Special Olympics
- Soup kitchen
- Yard work for your family or a neighbor
- Cleaning house for an elderly person or family member
- Babysitting for your family(without pay)
- Roadside clean-up with a team or organization
- Salvation Army
- Build a wildlife mini-habitat in your backyard
*A list with contact information will be available when classes begin in August.
7th and 8th graders should work on choosing their patron saint and Confirmation sponsor.
Journey of Faith (Sponsor and Patron Saint Information On-line form)
Above is the on-line Journey of Faith form to fill out with your chosen patron saint and sponsor information. A copy of the form willed be emailed back to you after it is submitted. Please contact Betsy Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. You can reach the Journey of Faith form by clicking on the above link, visiting this page on the web: https://docs.google.com/a/stephen.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfjCpiPQ9DVrEF3ESZEU6_KHpU9EhuHj4Hs1aJ3wr3tw8AYFQ/viewform?usp=sf_link or by scanning this QR code:
First Reconciliation will be celebrated on Dec. 4/5, 2017 at 7 pm in the Worship Space. There is a mandatory Parent Meeting on Sun., Sept. 24, 2017 in the Dining Room to discuss preparation for the sacrament. We have new curriculum being used for preparation for Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist, ‘Encounter With Christ’ by Our Sunday Visitor Religion Publishers.
Please contact Mary Maguire, Director of Religious Education, at email@example.com with questions.
First Holy Eucharist
First Holy Communion will be celebrated at St. Stephen’s on Sun., April 15, 2018 at 9 am, 12 noon and 3 pm. A mandatory Parent Meeting will be held on Sun., Feb. 25, 2018 at 7:15 pm in the Dining Room.
A special blessing for those receiving First Holy Communion and their parents will be given at all Masses on Feb. 24/25th.
ass and Rehearsal Assignments
Rite of Christian Initiation for Children and Teens
Children 7 years of age through age 18 who have not been baptized or who have been baptized in another faith can receive preparation for the sacraments through the Rite of Christian Initiation.
Children 3rd grade or older who have been baptized as a Catholic but have not received Reconciliation or Eucharist prepare for the sacraments by attending regular religious education classes and receive individual preparation in a group or with their parents. High School teens will receive special preparation through Youth Ministry.
If you have a child or teen that would like to become Catholic or has missed sacraments, please contact Mary Maguire at firstname.lastname@example.org for special preparation for the sacraments.
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