Sacrament Formation Guidelines

Fall 2021 Leader Meetings

CHILDREN: Recording of Oct 27 meeting for leaders of Children's Confirmation/Ist Communion prep

  • Initial Pastoral and Administrative Steps for Preparing Children for Confirmation and First Communion (coming soon)
  • CHART: Child's Sacrament Formation Paths by Baptismal Status (coming soon)
  • RCIA Intake Questionnaire/Inquirer Information Sheet-Child/Teen (rev Nov 2021)
  • NEEDED ACTION for Children being Confirmed and receiving First Communion in Spring 2022: Verify baptismal status from a physical record no later than Christmas 2021. Going forward this should be done at the outset of year one formation, with the child being unable to start year 2 preparation until baptismal status is confirmed.

ADULTS/OLDER TEENSRecording of Nov 4 meeting for leaders of Adult/Teen Initiation and Confirmation prep

Determining Appropriate Path for Sacramental Preparation Click image to download larger version of decision tree

Baptismal Status flow chart

 


General Information

Guidelines for Celebrating Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop (USCCB, 2017)

Online Resources on the Seven Sacraments from the USCCB

Liturgy is essential

 


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) - includes children 7 or older

What is RCIA? (USCCB)

Diocesan Forms/Guides

Resources for Use in the RCIA process:

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Infant Baptism

Diocesan Practice during Covid-19 outbreak (May 1, 2020)

Diocesan Guidelines Infant Baptism (1995) - also addresses child younger than age of reason

     Click to view recording of Msgr Marc Caron and Shannon Fosset addressing Infant Baptism at Nov 12, 2020 LFFA meeting

Resources for Use in Baptism Preparation:

Godparent/Sacramental Sponsor Verification Form (March 2020)

 


Marriage Preparation 

Marriage Preparation Guidelines "Telling Anew the Story of Marriage" (2009)

Info on diocesan policy, permissions, dispensations, etc.

 


Preparing Children for Confirmation & First Communion

The Diocese of Portland Guidelines to Prepare Children for the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist was approved and published in June 2015.  The guidelines establish a two year preparation process for all children preparing to receive Penance, Confirmation and First Eucharist which includes the involvement of their parents/guardians.  Below you will find a link to these guidelines.  A variety of resources to support parish leaders in the implementation of this policy have been prepared by the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation and the Sacrament Guideline Committee.  Follow the links below.

Bishop's Letter

Guidelines

• Conformity Listing of Catechetical Texts and Series

• Sacraments of Christian Initiation of Children (Chart)

 Guidelines for Low-Gluten Hosts

• Godparent/Sacramental Sponsor Verification Form (March 2020)

Communicating with parents / guardians

• Sample Bulletin Announcement

• Sample Letter to Parents & Guardians

• Sample Parent Brochure

• Family Consultation with Parish Leaders

Sacrament Preparation - Year 1

Sample Parent Handbook

• Printable Mass Book for Children

Glossary        

Sample Parent Sessions

Including:

•  Who do you say that I am?

Handout for Who do you say that I am?

•  Bible in a Nutshell: Scripture

•  The Power of the Sacraments

•  Do this in Memory of Me:  Encounter Jesus in the Eucharist

•  Hello!  Can you Hear Me Now? Prayer

•  I am The Way, Come Follow Me: Following Jesus as a Family

Sacrament Preparation - Year 2

Sample Parent Handbook

Glossary

Sample Parent Sessions

Includes:

• Forgiving One Another

• Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation

• The Holy Spirit and You

• Sacrament of Confirmation

• Jesus, the Bread of Life

• Celebrating the Eucharist

Resources and Articles  

Resources for Sacrament Preparation, including: Sacrament Preparation Program for Parishes • Confirmation Preparation for Teens • Resources for Parent Formation • Resources for Children with Disabilities • Video Resources for Children • Supplemental Resources for Families • Suggested Books

Videos

Articles

• Coaching Parents to Form Their Own Children by Bill Huebsch

• Catechizing Parents through their Children’s Sacraments by Janet Schaeffler, OP

• Confirmation at the Time of First Communion

• What do parents want to hear from the Church?