November 1, 2021
All Saints’ Parish extends an invitation to young people to prepare for the sacraments of First Communion/Reconciliation and Confirmation in the 2022/2023 year.
We have been dealing with a backlog of administering the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. We will try will do our best to accommodate as many families as possible who register by the parish deadline deal and to deal with the backlog. Moving forward we will require your patience and we thank you for that in advance.
One issue that increases our backlog is that many of the families that are attempting registration do not actually attend All Saints Parish and are members, we assume, of other parishes. Several years ago, the Archdiocese moved away from the idea that the Catholic schools are responsible for sacramental preparation. This has been the case for a long time now and these sacramental events are parish events, and not school events; although we hope the schools support and encourage their students as much as possible to live out their Catholic faith and to support them in these milestones of initiation into the Church. If you belong to another parish, by either geographical territory or registration, we would recommend that you contact that particular church. For meaningful preparation and celebration of the sacraments to happen, it is important that these take place in the same parish that your family goes to for Mass: the church your family goes to on Saturday evenings or Sundays determines where your child prepares for and celebrates the sacraments.
As sacramental preparation is a parish event, as such, we do not take into account the school’s students attend in the organization of classes and liturgical celebrations.
Requesting the Sacraments:
While we recognize that it is traditional and common practice for children to receive First Communion while in Grade 2, and that it is common practice that young people celebrate Confirmation while in Grade 7, we remind all that the celebration of the Sacraments are not tied to any specific school grade level. The indication of Grades 2 & 7 are simply guidelines of when individuals become eligible to prepare for and celebrate the sacraments.
Registration for the 2022-2023
Registration opens in May of each year and ends August 30 of the same year.
For 2022/2023 registrations opens May 1, 2022 and closes on August 30, 2022. This allows us the time to plan and prepare resources for September.
In order to deal with the backlog for our parishioners, we strongly recommend that:
This first step of registration requires that parents register their children by emailing the names of their children along with the sacrament they are requesting to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration closes on August 30.
In July, registered families will receive an email with further requirements for registration. In early September, dates for parent meetings and dates for in-person registration will be set and sent out to all those who have registered by the August 30 date.
Since the immediate preparation and celebration of the sacraments is the responsibility of the Church, it is important to note that further notices about registration and preparation will appear in the parish bulletin or on our social media platforms.