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 .
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered for those children aged 3-5. It will take place at the same time as Children's Catechism. Children's catechism is for all children in Grades 1-6. Classes are Sunday mornings from 8:50-9:50 . We take breaks over Christmas, Spring Break and long weekends. There are a total of 21 classes.
Sacrament preparation is a 2 year program, one year of catechesis the year prior to receiving the Sacrament and more indepth preparation the year they receive the Sacrament. For example, if your child was not registered in our catechism classes last year they will be required to register for catechism this year in order to prepare and receive any Sacrament in 2021. If you are new to the parish we will need a letter from your last parish proving catechism attendance there.
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