“Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church.) It is the first of three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. Through Baptism, as with the other six Sacraments, we encounter the Living Christ in his passage from death to new life. By this encounter, we are freed from the power of sin and death, become members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and so rise to new life and to a new way of living.
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Congratulations to all parents and parents to be. At least one parent must attend a Baptism Preparation class before the baptism of their child. We encourage both parents and godparents to attend.
Planning for marriage must begin at least six months before the wedding date. The couple must meet with Deacon Paul who will advise them on what they must do before they can married in the church. They must attend at least one of the marriage preparation courses which are Pre Cana, Engaged Encounter and Focus Survey. For more information these go to: http://www.archbalt.org/family-life/marriage-family/index.cfm
Saturdays before the 4 PM Mass.
Here are two videos on how to prepare for Confession and how a Confession is done.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is for adults interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and deepening their relationship with Jesus Christ as they journey toward full initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation) into the life of the Catholic Church. The RCIA program begins in September of each year and culminates at the Easter Vigil Service. For more information contact the parish office.
RCIA meetings are on Thursday evenings 7-9 pm. The first meeting will be on September 13, at 7 pm at St. Clement Parish House. After that all meetings will be at St. Gabriel Church in Woodlawn.
RCIA for Children
Children who are older than 7 years old and have not been Baptized must go through a special process before they can be Baptized. Here we require the child to be enrolled in their age appropriate grade in Religious Education classes and at the end of the school year they will eligible to be baptized.
Penance /First Communion
September 26, 2014
May the Peace, Love, and Mercy of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, be with you all! I would like to inform you that according to our records, your child is eligible to begin preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For centuries, the Holy Roman Catholic Church has brought the loving forgiveness of Jesus Christ to billions of believers. In a few short months, your child will have the privilege of receiving the awesome love that accompanies God’s Grace through the sacrament of Reconciliation.
I often find myself reminding parents and students that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a Rite, not a Right. Reconciliation, like all Sacraments, involves dedication to preparation. Both the child and their parent/guardian must commit themselves to the Sacramental preparation program for Reconciliation. This program will provide both the parent/guardian, and the child, with a deeper, more fruitful understanding of God’s forgiveness. As a part of your sacramental preparation, parents/guardians are required to attend several meetings. I have included the dates and times of these meetings below.
We will hold preparation sessions for parents and guardians preparing children who will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 8th at 6:30pm at St. Clements Parish House, 2700 Washington Ave. At least one parent or guardian from each family must attend this session. Please note, due to schedules of the instructors, there will be no make up opportunities for this mandatory meeting. There is no need for the student to attend. As a courtesy to the other parents, as well as the meeting facilitator, I am asking that parents do not bring any children to the meeting.
These sessions will guide you through the practical ways of preparing your child for the sacrament of Reconciliation. During the same session I will present a brief lesson on Theology and the History of the Sacrament. Finally, we will go over our sacramental dates and calendar, as well as the preparation booklets and how they are used for “at home catechesis.” The fee for the books and materials used throughout your child’s sacramental preparation will be $30.00. If possible, this amount should be paid at our parent meeting.
In the hopes of making this parent meeting portion of the preparation more accessible to our families, we are only requiring parents to attend one of the two meetings. Although there is only one scheduled meeting, there is still the same amount of material that needs to be covered; therefore, we are asking the parents to be prompt in their arrival. Please be aware that this preparation process will not be repeated in the Spring. If you do not wish to prepare your child this fall, you will have to wait until next fall when we provide this opportunity again.
Church Canon Law and the Regulations of the Archdiocese of Baltimore state that as children reach the age of discretion (about age 7 for most children), they are to be invited to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. This presumes that the child has been enrolled in a parish Religious Education Program or Catholic School at least one year before beginning their preparation for these Sacraments.
These regulations also specify that children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving the Eucharist. At the present time, the law of the Church requires that the Sacrament of Reconciliation precede the Sacrament of Eucharist only in cases of serious sin (Canon 916; cf canons 988 #1 and 989). In accordance with Canon Law, St. Clements Church requires all children, who wish to receive their 1st Eucharist in the Spring of 2014, complete 1st Reconciliation Preparation prior to beginning 1st Eucharist preparation. Students who do not complete 1st Reconciliation Sacramental preparation will be ineligible to participate in 1st Eucharist Sacramental preparation.
In closing, I speak for the Office of Faith Formation when I say that we look forward to assisting you as you prepare your children for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please know that our Office of Faith Formation is here to support you, your child, and/or your family through this sacramental preparation process. If you have any questions, please contact me via my phone number 443-670-7636, my email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may visit me at St. Clements Church during my office hours Monday 5:30– 6:30PM, and Wednesday 5:00pm – 7:00pm
God’s Blessings to you and your family,
Director of Faith Formation
St. Clements I Roman Catholic Church