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 2018 -19.  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 Joyce Rodenfels at 440-248-1350, ext 118 or email  jrodenfels@stritaparish.com.

Year One
8th Grade
6:00-7:00 p.m.
__________
_______

September
9 / 16 Confirmation
Parent and Child

October
10/14 Confirmation

November
11/11 Confirmation

December
12/9 Confirmation

January
01/13 Confirmation

February
02/10 Confirmation

March
03/10 Confirmation

April
4/14 Confirmation
Parent and Child

5/4 Parish Day
of Service

 

Year Two
9th Grade

7:30-8:30 p.m.
_______________

September

9/16 Confirmation
Parent and Child

October
10/14 Confirmation

November
11/11 Confirmation

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

January
01/13 Confirmation

February
02/9 Confirmation

March
03/10 Confirmation

April
4/14 Confirmation

5/4 Parish Day of
Service

Parent and Child

5/19 Confirmation
Walk Through
with
Sponsors 6:00 pm to
7:30 pm

 

Confirmation is on
May 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Where: Sunday at Mazanec Hall

Contact: Corey Lesko

Phone: 440-248-1350 ext. 149

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  • To register for
    all Faith Formation programs
    Click here.

  • To register as an
    Adult Catechist
    Click here.

  • Service Expectations
    Click here.

  • Frequently Asked 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 29, 2019