Welcome to a new year of Catholic education and faith formation for your child!
Did you know?
- Each year, in a Catholic school, your child will learn about many aspects of their Catholic faith, including learning about the seven sacraments.
- In our Archdiocese, preparing children for the celebration of their own sacraments always occurs in the parish, with the support of the school.
- Preparing for First Reconciliation (Confession) and the First Eucharist (Holy Communion), takes place when children are about seven years old and in Grade Two.
- Preparing for Confirmation takes place when children are about 12 years old and in Grade 6. This year Confirmation is for Grade 6, Grade 7 and Grade 8 students.
Preparing people to receive sacraments is a time-honoured practice of the Church. Faith formation is a lifelong process. Sacraments are milestones – signposts – along this faith journey. They are like road signs that guide us on the way to holiness, continually point us towards Christ, and ultimately lead us to our final destination which is heaven. Every time we participate in one of these sacred moments, we encounter Christ.
Are you seeking for your child to celebrate the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion or Confirmation? Are you ready to help them live out the promise they make when they do?
Parents, St. Stephen’s Parish and Holy Trinity Catholic School are each involved in preparing your child for a Catholic sacrament. It is a group effort, and everyone has a role:
- As a parent, the Church has always held that you are the primary teacher of the faith for your child. You teach them about God; you set the example; you talk about your own faith, and you bring them to Mass.
- The place where the sacraments are celebrated and lived is the Catholic parish. The people of God in that place are part of the Body of Christ. Being in a relationship with the parish community (with all its weaknesses and strengths) is essential for your life of faith. The preparation for, and celebration of, the sacraments happens in the parish church.
- You must sign your child up for preparation at the parish. The school does not do this part of the process.
- Catholic schools are a special place for children to learn more about Jesus Christ, to practice living in a community of faith, and to develop and deepen a relationship with Christ.
We, St. Stephen’s Parish and our school are eager to walk beside you and your children during this very special time. Registration forms are available below, on the parish website, and at the parish and school offices.
Please click on the following link for the registration form: Sacramental Preparation Registration