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Welcome to Sacred Heart / St. Benedict Parish Faith Formation! Whether you are coming for the first time or have participated in the past, we are excited to have you with us. We are committed in our partnership with you, parents and guardians, in the Catholic faith formation of your children. We at Sacred Heart / St. Benedict Catholic Parish, offer a variety of catechetical processes for the religious education and faith formation of our community’s children and youth of all ages.
For more information please stop by the office or call (831) 637-9212
Dear Families of Sacred Heart & St.Benedict's Parish,
We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have taken this long, necessary pause in starting our new year of Religious Education so that we can present you with a program that will best serve the spiritual growth of families.
Realizing how important it is for the faith to flourish within the whole family, we began looking for a way to more deeply involve parents in the formation of their children. In fact, parent’s leading the family through the faith is SO important that we are making a big change.
For First Communion and Reconciliation preparation, we will be using curriculum from Family Formation. This program is designed to promote deeper learning on the part of the children, greater life of faith as a family and guidance for parents in their own faith.
We will offer monthly Masses for our families preparing together for the sacraments. This will provide opportunity to grow in faith, create community and provide substantial preparation for parents before they go through their Family Formation activities at home. Families will learn and pray together, on their own schedule. In addition, we will develop a rich schedule of speakers and events for the entire community so that we all may grow together.
For the time being, Confirmation prep will continue as it has been.
Registration will be open in the beginning of May. We will have more details about our new programs and what to expect in the coming weeks. Please connect with our Religious Education Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/catechismsacredhearthollister/ , here on our website or sign up for email updates above.
We ask that you pray in a special way for success in our new direction and for a flourishing of faith for all of the families involved.
God’s Grace to you and your family.
Full Christian Initiation
All school age youth (between the ages of 7 and 17) that have not been baptized and wish to become Catholic undergo an intense catechetical and faith formation process. This process can take 2 years or more to prepare a child for baptism, depending on the child and their family. Children & youths meet for regular catechesis in regular catechism classes. Additionally, faith formation groups (meeting in conjunction with the Sunday liturgy) meet for scripture study and mass. This intense process will prepare the child/youth for full initiation into the Catholic Church receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist.
Sacred Heart / St. Benedict Catholic Community Teen Confirmation Process is provided for baptized teens (who have received the sacraments of First Eucharist and Reconciliation) in grades 9-12 to make preparations in their journey of faith to complete their Catholic Christian initiation by receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.
By choosing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation teens are saying to the community, “YES, I am ready to walk on my own in my faith journey!” It is a time when teens will put into practice Jesus’ teachings. It is a time when teens will be proud to be a Catholic Christian and set an example for others to witness.
We understand that many teens are not sure about their faith or about receiving this sacrament. As parents and educators ourselves we know that being confirmed is a decision that the teens must ultimately make themselves however, it is all of our responsibility to share our faith with them so they will hear God speaking to them and make the choice to follow Him.
We at Sacred Heart / St. Benedict have a dedicated team of both adults and confirmed teens, who have gone through this process and now want to share their faith with the teens of our parish so they will be able to make that choice when their time comes.
The Sacred Heart / St. Benedict confirmation process is an intensive two-year faith formation process involving faith sharing, catechesis, community service, liturgical participation, and prayerful retreats. Parents and sponsors are an integral part of this process and are also involved every step of the way.
We welcome every teen (and their parents) to come and discover what God has in store for them.
By the sacrament of Confirmation, (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church – no. 1286
Confirmation Process Requirements
Teens must be in grades 9-12, have been baptized, and have received the sacraments of First Eucharist and Reconciliation. Proof of Baptism and First Eucharist is required prior to Confirmation.
Teens must have a sponsor who is a confirmed catholic.