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Sacramental Preparation
Ministries for Youth < Parish Ministries

First Reconciliation
This ministry is responsible for the preparation of children for receiving the sacrament.  Baptized children in the 2nd grade would attend class on Sundays from 9:45 – 10:45 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes School from September through April. (Please click here to view schedule).  There is also an afternoon retreat required.  Adults are needed to help with catechesis.  First Reconciliation celebration is in January.

First Communion
Our children continue preparation to receive First Communion.   Classes are held on Sundays from 9:45 – 10:45 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes School from September through April. (Please click here to view schedule).  There is a Saturday afternoon workshop and retreat required for the program.  Adults are needed to help with catechesis and as classroom aides throughout the year.  Celebration of First Communion is held in May.

Confirmation
This exciting year-long ministry prepares all candidates to receive the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation.   Preparation includes classes, small group sessions, service projects and a retreat.  Teens are sponsored and mentored through the study of how real life issues impact their life-long faith journey and beliefs.  Adults and mature teens are a vital part of this ministry as candidate sponsors, retreat leaders and teachers.  Celebration of Confirmation is usually in May or June.

RCIC
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children is the process designed to prepare children grades 2 through 5 who have not celebrated the sacraments.    Class is geared to breaking open the Word and providing instruction in the Catholic faith. Classes meet after Sunday 8:30 AM Mass for one year.  Individuals are needed as teachers and sponsors.

Teens are guided through their conversion to Catholicism with their age-appropriate peers.  They gather 1 – 2 days a week for one year as well as a day long retreat experience.  Great satisfaction is experienced being part of the team that facilitates the discovery of a new found faith for today’s youth.

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4845 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13205  Rectory 315-469-7789  
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