Sacramental Preparation

 

First Communion

First and Second Grade Students should be enrolled and attend St. Rita PSR programs to prepare for First Communion in the Second Grade.

If you have questions please contact Joyce Rodenfels at 440-248-1350 Ext. 118 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 


 

 
Confirmation

At St. Rita, 9th Grade students prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. 
If you have a child with special needs, please call us and we can discuss your child’s needs.

2017-18 and Following:
The Bishop has required that Confirmation Preparation be a two year process.  We will begin our two year process in 2017.  In keeping with the Bishops expectations we will offer 6 Confirmation sessions in the 8th Grade Year and 6
Sessions in the 9th Grade year.  Students must also be enrolled in 8th Grade Religious Formation or a Catholic Day School and enrolled in 9th Grade PSR or a Catholic Day School.  All students attend the 6 Confirmation sessions each year and a Confirmation Retreat in 9th Grade.

9th Grader students will only have a one year preparation for 2017 -18.  They will also attend 9th Grade PSR.

Why 9th Grade?
Many, who have received the Sacrament in 8th Grade, seem to identify Confirmation with Graduation.  Confirmation is far from Graduation.  Confirmation is not an end of PSR or Religious Formation; it is the beginning of using the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.  It’s a time to live one’s life as a disciple.  Instead of Graduating from something, receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation shows a willingness to be more involved in the life of the Church. 

The Sacrament of Confirmation deepens the grace begun in the Sacrament of Baptism.  It strengthens us with grace to live the call of our baptism.  The Gifts of the Spirit are meant to be shared with the community. 

St. Rita Parish is offering the Sacrament of Confirmation in 9th Grade for several reasons:
     1) Ninth Graders have a better understanding of what they are committing to and of what the Church is asking of them.
     2) Ninth Grade is the beginning
of High School; Just as Confirmation is the beginning of the person’s living their faith as a disciple.

Other Parishes Confirm at a different age.  Can we go there for Confirmation?
The Bishop of Cleveland has asked that teens who are in the 8th – 11th Grade be prepared for and receive the Sacrament.  Each parish decides at what age Confirmation will take place.

Confirmation is a Parish Community Celebration.  Parishioners receive the Sacrament in the Parish in which they are registered unless there is a special circumstance.

St. Rita Parish Confirmation Preparation Process consists of monthly Sunday Evening meetings beginning in September and ending in May.  The date for Confirmation is not set for 2017 yet.  We are waiting to hear from the Bishop when he is available to come to St. Rita.

What if my child attends a Catholic School?  Do they have to go to the monthly Sunday Evening gatherings for Confirmation Preparation?  The answer is yes.  Since the Church sees the preparation for and reception of the Sacrament as a Parish Community responsibility.  Even if you child attends a Catholic School, they participate in the parish preparation process.

Registration information as well as dates for our monthly meetings are found below.  If you have any questions about our Confirmation Process here at St. Rita, please feel free to call me at 440-248-1350, ext 121 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Peace,
Deacon Bob Grgic

9th Grade
7:30-8:30 p.m.
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September
9/10 Confirmation
Parent and Child

October
10/08 Confirmation

November
11/12 Confirmation

December
12/09 Saturday,
Confirmation
Retreat 12:00 pm to
6:00 pm (required)

January
01/21 Confirmation

February
02/11 Confirmation

March
03/11 Confirmation

April
4/8 Confirmation

2/28 Parish Day of
Service


Parent and Child
4/29 Confirmation
Walk Through with
Sponsors 6:00 pm to
7:30 pm

                      



Where:   Mazanec Hall

Contact: Deacon Bob Grgic

Phone:   440-248-1350 ext. 121

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    or Teen Helper Click here.

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    Questions Click here.

  • History of the Sacrament
    of Confirmation
    in the

    Church and at St. Rita
    Parish. Click here. 

 

Confirmation for 9th Graders is on Wednesday, May 2, 2018

      

                                              

The History of Confirmation at St. Rita Parish

This letter is to give you an update on the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Rita and a brief history of the Sacrament of Confirmation. It has been shared with parents at St. Rita since August 2013.

In the early church, adults were Baptized, Confirmed and received Eucharist all at one time.  As history went on for the Western Church, Baptism was separated from Confirmation for many reasons.  Infants were eventually Baptized and later Confirmed. 

In the Byzantine Church infants still are Baptized, Confirmed and receive First Eucharist at the one time.

In 1910 Pope Pius Xapproved the Decree of the Sacred Congregation of the Discipline of the Sacraments on First Communion which said that children who reach the age of reason (about age 7) should receive Eucharist in keeping with the mandate of Jesus to , “Let the little children come to me.”.  The original order of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist found in the Early Church evolved into Baptism (of an infant) Eucharist at the age of reason (about 7 years old) and then Confirmation at a later age.

Over the years the age for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation has varied from decade to decade and from diocese to diocese.

In 2003, St. Rita was part of a diocesan pilot program that restored the original order of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).  The Sacrament of Baptism was received as an infant and then second graders received Confirmation and then Eucharist at the same mass. 

For several years the Diocese of Cleveland offered the Restored Order of Sacraments (Baptism of Infants and then in Second Grade children received Confirmation and Eucharist) as an option to several parishes.  It restored the original order of the Sacraments of Initiation as they were received by adults in the early church. 

After about 6 years of the Restored Order in the Diocese of Cleveland, the trial period in various parishes (Baptizing infants and then Confirming and receiving First Eucharist in Second Grade), the Diocese decided to go back to having Confirmation at an older age.  At this time the Diocese is asking teens be confirmed between the 8th - 11th Grade.

After a great deal of thought and discussion,         St. Rita parish has decided to place the age of Confirmation to 9th Grade. 

Many who received the Sacrament in 8th Grade, seem to identify Confirmation with Graduation.  Confirmation is far from Graduation.  Confirmation is not an end of PSR or Religious Formation; it is the beginning of using the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.  Instead of Graduating from something, Confirmation is a willingness to be more involved in the life of the Church. 

The Sacrament of Confirmation continues and deepens the grace begun in the Sacrament of Baptism.  It strengthens us with grace to live the call of our baptism.  The gifts of the Spirit are meant for the community.

Those children who are not yet confirmed will continue to have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the 9th Grade.

Please give me a call @ 440-248-1350 ext. 121 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need more information or if I just totally confused you.

Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.

Peace,
Deacon Bob Grgic