First Communion and Confirmation
"The initiation of children into the sacramental life is, for the most part, the responsibility and concern of Christian parents. They are to form and gradually develop a spirit of faith in the children, and with the help of catechetical institutions, prepare them for the fruitful reception of the Sacraments...This responsibility of the parents is also shown by their active participation in the celebration of the Sacraments." (Rite of Confirmation #3)
Sacramental preparation in grades 1-8 builds on the faith sharing which begins when parents attend Baptism preparation classes before the birth of their child. From that point on, families are in the process of bringing their children into the sacramental life of the church. Part of the process for children and young people who are preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation) is to be a part of the formation program in the parish religious education program or parochial school. The parish community, along with each child's family, takes responsibility for preparing children from Baptism through Confirmation to complete the process of becoming full, participating members of the Catholic Church.
First Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist
Reconciliation and Eucharist are celebrated in the second grade. Enrollment in grades 1 and 2 is necessary for the two year sacramental preparation program. Children from our Religious Education Program celebrate First Reconciliation and First Eucharist with children from St. Charles Borromeo School.
Families are an integral part of the preparation. Parent gatherings are held before each sacrament.
Note to 8th Grade Parents about the Sacrament of Confirmation:
There seem to be many questions about this sacrament, so we are hoping to clarify a few things:
It is a tradition at SCB Parish to confirm our teens in the 9th grade and in order to follow the recommendations of the Rockford Diocese we are returning to and practicing a two year Confirmation preparation for our teens.
What is Confirmation? “Confirmation is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that leaves a permanent imprint on the soul, completes Christian initiation, and empowers us to be witnesses to Christ.” CCC1302-1305
It affirms our identity as Children of God * It unites us more firmly in Christ * It increases in us the Gifts of the Holy Spirit * It strengthens our bond with the Church * It strengthens us to spread and defend the Faith by our words and actions.
The confirmation program at St. Charles Borromeo is a two year formation process. Recognizing that teens learn in a different way, and are bombarded with technology, the Decision Point and Chosen programs are multi-sensory with video, discussion and activities. The focus is not on knowing about God but more of developing a personal relationship with Christ.
The first year (8th grade year) students work through the Decision Point series of 12 lessons. The school 8th grade will receive these lessons throughout their school year in the classroom. The Family Faith Formation 8th grade will receive these lessons throughout the year during Family Faith Formation in the classroom.
The second year (9th grade) teens work through the Chosen series of 24 lessons. These classes meet approximately 2x/month starting in the fall on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30pm at the Dumoulin Farms. If your teen would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation, please sign up NOW for the fall program. Confirmation is not celebrated through Catholic high schools.
Please complete the registration for your teen to be included in the 2021/22 class. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the religious education office at 847-683-1536 or stop in the office at any time. Confirmation packet is listed below.
First Holy Communion Dates
Preparation - Mini Jesus Days
SCB School - March 20th, 1-2:30pm
SCB FFF - Wednesday April 7th, 6-7:30pm
Rehearsal - Friday, April 30
SCB School - 6:00pm
SCB FFF - 7:15pm
1st Holy Communion Mass - Saturday, May 1st
SCB School - 10:00am
FFF - 1:00pm
Celebration occurs at the end of Freshman year.
Enrollment in the 8th grade year is essential for entrance into the 9th grade. In this year the students will enter into the Mystery of the Sacraments, ministry and service. Freshman year consists of 16 sessions, Virtual online Event/Conference and Retreat. An enrollment form can be found online.
9th Grade Confirmation only - meets at the Dumoulin Farms
Two Wednesdays a month, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Chapters and videos are done at home on the off weeks.
A Calendar will be provided with class dates.