First and Second Grade Students should be enrolled and attend St. Rita PSR programs to prepare for First Communion in the Second Grade.
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.
2016-17 School Year: We are offering a one year Confirmation Preparation process for those in the 9th Grade.
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.
Deacon Bob Grgic
Confirmation Date 2016
Confirmation on Wednesday, May TBA, 2017 at 7:00 pm Church
9th Grade Confirmation Preparation
Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:15pm – 8:00pm Confirmation Meeting Mazanec Hall
Sun Oct 9, 2016 7:15pm – 8:00pm Confirmation Meeting Mazanec Hall
Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:15pm – 8:00pm Confirmation Meeting Mazanec Hall
Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:15pm – 8:00pm Confirmation Meeting Mazanec Hall
Sun Jan 8, 2017 7:15pm – 8:00pm Confirmation Meeting Mazanec Hall
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:15pm – 8:00pm Confirmation Meeting Mazanec Hall
Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:15pm – 8:00pm Confirmation Meeting St. Mark
Sun April 9, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm Confirmation Retreat Mazanec Hall
Sun May TBA, 2017 7:30pm – 8:30pm Confirmation Walk through with Sponsors - The Church
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 know that you and your family are in our prayers.
Deacon Bob Grgic