Sacraments are vital expressions of who we are as Catholic Christians. Each time we receive a sacrament, we respond in a deeper way to Jesus' call to discipleship. Since sacraments are so important to us, we take them very seriously and prepare to receive them thoughtfully and thoroughly. All sacraments are community events, and this is reflected in the preparation and celebration of the sacraments.
In this parish, we are committed to the idea that taking an active part in a child's spiritual formation is the right and dignity of Christian parents. Parents are the "first teachers" of their children in the vision and practice of the Christian way of life. It is in the home that children primarily experience and come to know about God. When children experience the loving care of their family members, when they are challenged to be the best people that they can be by their parents, and when they witness a family's unceasing striving for healing and reconciliation, then children really learn about who God is. Parents are, whether they realize it or not, the "sacrament" of God's presence to their children.
Linda Gibos is the Catechism/Sacramental Prep. Coordinator. You can reach her at 1-250-262-8757 .
We are calling this a 'restart' year for Catechism. What this means is that we will be offering classes for Grades 1-6 IF we have enough interest (i.e.: registrations for each grade) AND enough volunteers to teach. Though preparation for Sacraments is ideally a 2 year process this year anyone who is in the appropriate grade (grade 2 and up) will be prepared for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (confession) and First Eucharist (communion) and anyone in Grade 6 and older will be prepared for Confirmation - again - IF we have enough volunteers. However if we are able to offer Grade 1 and Grade 5 classes this year, next year Sacrament preparation students will be expected to have received one year of catechesis prior to their Sacrament year. So please, don't hold off registering your children because this isn't a sacrament year for them. Catechesis is important at all ages.
The goal will be to start catechesis after Thanksgiving weekend. That gives us time to find volunteers and order necessary supplies.
If you are interested in being a volunteer catechist please go to the parish website and complete the (Diocesan mandated) volunteer application as soon as possible: https://fsjresurrectionchurch.com/volunteering The commitment for a catechist is availability at least 2 Sunday mornings/month (8:30 am - 10:00 am), from mid-October until early May. Please consider this ministry, there are catechist guides to follow - you do not need to be a 'teacher' - just a faithful follower willing to spend time preparing and sharing.
Please complete the registration form below and email it or drop it off the parish office as soon as possible. Payment can be made once it is determined which classes will be offered.
You should register your child for the following classes based on their age and grade in school:
Year 1 of Sacrament preparation: child born in 2016 - in grade 1 at school
Year 2 of Sacrament preparation: child born in 2015 or earlier - in grade 2 or later at school - who has not yet received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist
Confirmation preparation: child born in 2011 or earlier.
All other children please register in the same grade they are in school.