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All Confirmation Candidates are required to complete a total of 40 service hours; 20 in their first year and 20 in their second year. Below is a list of some of the opportunities availible. For more information or to sign up please call the Office of Religious Education at (562) 597-8763

 

Project Achieve

On the 3rd Sunday of the Month our Youth Group Cornerstone and Confirmation Candidates gather at 3:30pm in the Parish Kitchen to cook a meal then go and serve dinner for Project Achieve. Project Achieve is a transitional housing facility operated by Catholic Charites in Long Beach. 

 

Parish Family Events

All Candidates are given the opportunity to help out and volunteer at different parish family events throught the year. Thes opportunites include, Spaghetti Dinner (September) Night in Bethlehem (December), Journey to the Cross (Lent) and Summer Day Camp (June).

 

 

Youth Sacramental Preparation

Youth and their parents participate in a number of preparation sessions in order to be ready to receive the Sacraments of First Eucharist (First Reconciliation) and Confirmatin.  These schedules for these sessions are available at the time of Religious Education Registration and can be obtained by contacting the Office of Religious Education.

 

Preparation for these Sacraments is a two-year process, with groups organized into the following cohorts:

 

 First Year Prep
(Grades 1-6)
First Year Prep
(Grades 7-12) 
Second Year Prep
(Grades 2-6) 
Second Year Prep
(Grades 7-12) 
    

 

The Sacrament of Baptism

(for Children Not Baptized as Infants)

Children over age 7 who have not been baptized participate in a special process of Christian Initiation for Children over age 7. With the involvement of their parents/guardians, they will be prepared to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion. Contact the Parish Office for details on this process - 562-498-6641.

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confession)

To receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) for the first time:

    • The child must be baptized, and the parents must present a copy of the baptismal certificate to the School o Religious Education.
    • The child must have completed at least two (2) consecutive years of faith formation
    • The parents/guardians must be involved in the faith formation process.

The Sacrament of Eucharist (First Communion)

To receive the Sacrament of Eucharist (Communion) for the first time:

    • The child must be baptized and the parents must present a copy of the baptismal certificate to the School of Religious Education.
    • The child must have completed at least two (2) consecutive years of faith formation.
    • The child is prepared for and receives the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.
    • The parents/guardians must be involved in the faith formation process.

The Sacrament of Confirmation

To receive the Sacrament of Confirmation:

    • The youth must be baptized, and the parents must present a copy of the baptismal certificate to the School of Religious Education.
    • The youth has received (or will be prepared to receive) the sacraments of Eucharist (Communion) and Reconciliation (Confession).
    • Two consecutive years of faith formation during grades 9-12 are completed. This includes Tuesday night catechetical sessions, service hours each year, a day retreat first year and an overnight retreat second year.
    • The youth selects a sponsor who is a confirmed and practicing Catholic and who will be involved with and supportive of the confirmation candidate during the two years of formation. (A parent cannot be a sponsor.)

 

Adults in need of the Sacraments

Baptism, First Communion and/or Confirmation

Please visit our RCIA page or contact the Office of Initation at (562)597-3102

 

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