Our Lady of Mercy Church believes that sacraments are gifts from God to be shared and celebrated within the parish community. All our sacramental programs are designed to celebrate and welcome all new members to our community.
Careful preparation, catechesis, and prayerful attention to growth in faith precedes the decision to receive a sacrament. The parish provides programs for preparation for the following sacraments:
First Eucharist and Reconciliation
Preparation for these sacraments is a two-year process that starts in the beginning of Grade 1 and continues to May of the second year, culminating in the celebration of First Eucharist.
Children are prepared to make their first Confession and celebrate that preparation during a prayer service usually held the first Saturday in March. After that service, parents determine when to accompany children to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Generally, unless there is a serious reason, children receive this sacrament before making First Communion.
The Sacrament of Confirmation also requires two years of student study, usually beginning in grade six and continuing through Grade seven. The celebration of this sacrament is generally held in the fall of the following year, according to the Bishop’s schedule.
Confirmation preparation include s retreat opportunities, service opportunities, special prayer experiences and the opportunity to receive Reconciliation on several occasions. An interview with one of our Priests to attest to the readiness of the candidate is part of the preparation process.