The Eucharist is an essential part of Christian initiation. Through this sacrament of initiation we participate with the whole community of believers in the Lord’s own sacrifice.
Second grade parishioners in our religious education program, or in a Catholic school make their first Eucharist during the Easter season.
Children are required to have two years of catechetical class time before they will be able to make their First Eucharist.
Given that sin destroys our relationship with God and undermines our relationship with other human beings, "reconciliation" designates that precise effect of Christ's redemption of the human race that restores our relationship with God and our human fellowship.
Second grade parishioners in our Religious Education program or in a Catholic School make their first reconciliation during the Advent season.
Historic Church of St. Peter and St. Cecilia is part of the Diocese of Greensburg, which holds confirmation in the years 2014-15 for those in sixth grade, and 2017-18 for those in eighth grade. After which, eighth grade will be the normal year for all children to receive Confirmation.
Qualifications of Confirmation Sponsors
1. Be designated by the candidate, by the parents or guardians, or the pastor.
2. Have the qualifications and intention of performing the role of sponsor.
3. Be at least 16 years old.
4. Be a fully initiated Catholic (received baptism, confirmation and Eucharist).
5. Lead a life in harmony with the faith and role of a sponsor (i.e., be a member of a parish, attend Mass on Sundays and holy days, not be in an irregular marriage, etc.).
6. Not be bound by a canonical penalty.
7. Not be the father or mother of the one to be confirmed.
Sponsors for the sacrament of confirmation must abide by the same qualifications as sponsors for the sacrament of baptism. In addition, the following guidelines and/or recommendations apply.
The Number of Sponsors
1. There is normally one sponsor for the sacrament of confirmation.
2. It is recommended that a baptismal godparent exercise the role of confirmation sponsor.
3. A non-Catholic may not serve as a sponsor for the sacrament of confirmation. (It is discouraged that a spouse serve as confirmation sponsor).
Our diocese continues the practice of requiring proof of eligibility for sponsorship (in accord with the qualifications above) from the parish in which the sponsor is registered.
For additional information, please contact the parish office.