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Sacramental Preparation

There are seven sacraments that touch all the stages and all of the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christians life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of spiritual life. (CCC1210)

The three Sacraments of Initiation
Baptism
Confirmation
Eucharist

The two Sacraments of Service
Holy Orders
Matrimony

The two Sacraments of Healing
Reconciliation
Anointing of the Sick

Reconciliation and Eucharist: Children are prepared to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation beginning in the first grade.  According to the Toledo Diocesan Synod Directives (1989), the Catechesis for the Sacrament of Reconciliation must be received before the sacrament of the Eucharist. Parents must attend the scheduled preparation program session (s) to refresh their understanding of these sacraments. Sufficient time must be spent in preparation. Parents can make this a family time of learning and reconciling. Prior to receiving these sacraments, a baptismal certificate must be presented if the child was not baptized at Our Lady of Consolation. All 2nd grade students will attend an ALL DAY RETREAT on the Thursday prior to 1st Holy Communion.

Confirmation: Students are prepared to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation beginning in the seventh grade. In preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation 8th grade students are also required to attend three Sunday workshops and an overnight weekend retreat. It is strongly encouraged that parents and sponsors volunteer to help with these sessions. Students will also be asked to complete service projects as part of their preparation.

If a child or his/her family experience some difficulty with illness or personal matters that affect the child’s attendance or sacramental preparation, the parent or guardian needs to contact the Parish Religious Education Coordinator in order that we may work closely with the child and/or family to avoid delays and/or embarrassment to the child or the family.