Sacramental Preparation

Baptism Preparation for Parents of Infants(birth-age 6)

This class is offered every three months on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 PM.  Call Joanna Keller in the Office of Faith Formation at 302-539-5443 or email her at jmelodykeller@hotmail.com for further information.

Sacramental Preparation-Children Baptized as Infants

This takes place in the context of the entire parish community and therefore, the classroom is only one element of this preparation. There are gatherings for parents as well as out-of-class gatherings for children.

First Penance and First Eucharist

For children baptized as infants (birth to age 6), the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist are celebrated during the 2nd grade or during the second year of preparation if the child joins the program after 1st grade.  It is the policy of the Diocese of Wilmington, that each child has one full year of religious instruction before the year in which she/he is prepared for these sacraments.

Confirmation

For children baptized as infants, the sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in 8th grade.  It is required that the child has celebrated First Penance and Eucharist and has three consecutive years of religious instruction before the year in which she/he is prepared for Confirmation.

Sacramental PreparationUnbaptized Children 7 to 18

According to the Rites of the Roman Catholic Church, unbaptized children between the ages of 7 and 18, are baptized according to the Rites of Christian Initiation for adults.  Children will need one year of preliminary instruction and then in their second year of instruction, will celebrate the rites of the catechumenate (the Rite of Acceptance, the Rite of Sending, the Rite of Election, and the 3 Scrutinies) before celebrating the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil.

For additional information regarding Sacramental Preparation, please contact Molly Roach, Director of Faith Formation at 302-539-5443  or dre@stannsbethany.org

RCIA BECOMING CATHOLIC

There are many things that lead individuals to the Catholic Church:  a visit to a Catholic Church; attending a Catholic wedding, baptism or funeral; a conversation with a Catholic friend or coworker.  Many people reach a point where they find themselves asking questions about life’s meaning, world issues and their own direction.  Some individuals are seeking a richer spiritual life.
Adults are invited to explore membership in the Roman Catholic Church.  The process of joining the Church is known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process of inquiry, learning and sharing.  Most importantly it is a journey of faith.

RCIA is designed for:

  • adults who are unbaptized or
  • those who were baptized as infants in the Catholic faith but have little experience with the Church or have never prepared for the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist  or
  • individuals baptized in another Christian tradition who find this process helpful in their discernment of becoming Roman Catholic and in their preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Meetings are held in a group setting and provide support for individuals to discuss faith, ask questions and, most importantly, pray.  RCIA meets every Tuesday evening at 7 PM from September through Easter.  It prepares interested people for the sacraments of initiation as Roman Catholic Christians or baptized non-Catholics for full communion as Roman Catholics.

WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE RCIA PROCESS?
Contact the Parish RCIA Coordinator, JoAnna Keller, at  302-539-5443  or jmelodykeller@hotmail.com

Marriage Preparation

Arrangements for the sacrament of Matrimony must begin at least one year before the proposed wedding date.  This preparation for marriage includes the couple meeting with priests or deacons as well as their participating in the PreCana Program.  All of this serves to support the couple in approaching the sacrament of Matrimony with attention to the commitment they are preparing to make.  To schedule an appointment with a priest or deacon to begin the process, please call the Parish Office at 302-539-6449.