Children must be baptized and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to receiving First Communion. If your child is in the second grade or older, and you are requesting the Sacrament of Baptism, please follow up with the Religious Education Office. Baptism classes are offered on the Second Sunday of the month at 9:45 a.m. in the library. For further information, please contact Rhonda Wigger, the Parish Coordinator at: 615-338-3901.
“The whole power of the sacrament of Penance consists in restoring God’s grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship.” Reconciliation with God is thus the purpose and effect of the sacrament. For those who receive the Sacrament of Penance with contrite heart and religious disposition, Reconciliation is usually followed by peace and serenity of conscience with strong spiritual consolation.
“Jesus took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them saying, “This my body which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” Luke 22:19
First Communion is a new step into intimacy with Jesus. From Baptism, a first communicant has been one with Jesus, filled with the risen Lord’s indestructible life as part of his very Body, the Church. Taking a place at his table marks a new stage in the relationship with Christ, a conscious willingness to let the Lord nourish and nurture what began at Baptism. We are all part of this nourishing.
First Eucharist Preparation at Our Lady of the Lake
The Sacrament of Eucharist is not meant to be celebrated once, but over and over for a lifetime! The Eucharist is a sacrament we can receive every day after our First Communion. First Communion continues your child’s initiation into God’s family. To keep us fed, strengthened, and nourished for God’s special mission, God invites all of us to Mass each Sunday to play a special part in the Eucharist.
Children are prepared for their First Reconciliation and First Communion during their Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade Religious Education classes. Children are required to attend classes two years prior to be fully ready to receive the Sacraments. Children will then receive both sacraments in the Second grade. During the second grade, parents and guardian will attend meeting specifically addressing their role and the preparation for their child. Children who have not completed two years of Religious Education will be enrolled in a Year 1 program designed to prepare them for the sacramental year, in Year 2.
The Catechism describes Confirmation as a deepening of baptismal gifts. It says that the sacrament roots us more deeply in our own identity as God’s children, unites us more firmly with Christ, increases in us the gifts of the Holy Spirit, binds us more closely to the Church, and gives us special strength to bear witness to our faith. (see 1303). Confirmation is a deepening of our Christian identity.
All students wishing to be confirmed in the 8th grade should have 2 years of Religious Education prior to being confirmed, either at a Catholic School or parish religious education program to be confirmed in the 8th grade. During the eighth grade, parents, confirmands, and sponsors will attend a meeting specifically addressing their role for their child receiving Confirmation. Students who have not completed two years of Religious Education will be enrolled in a Year 1 program designed to prepare them for the sacramental year, in Year 2.
Confirmation is a continuation of the Catholic faith learning experience. Students are encouraged to attend the High School Program after Confirmation.
In the sacraments, we can touch Jesus and be renewed. God’s plan of salvation is to unite us to himself, share his divine life, and restore us to union with himself for all eternity.
This is a special and exciting time as parents, guardians, catechists, and the parish assist the children in their faith journey.
May our hunger for the gift of God increase as we work together to build His kingdom as a faith community.
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For more information, please contact the Director of Religious Education: Cyndi Sabatino at 615-338-3910.
First Communion Retreat
A First Communion retreat will be held on April 21, 2018 from 8:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake. Parents are encouraged and welcome to come and enjoy their child/children in this retreat as part of the preparation for First Communion. The retreat is mandatory for all students preparing to receive their First Communion at Our Lady of the Lake on May 12, 2018.
A Confirmation retreat will be held on March 17, 2018 from 8:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake. This is a unique experience where students will spend time reflecting on the Sacrament of Confirmation through prayer, and the celebration of the Mass. The students will participate in special activities, group discussions, and various content designed specifically for the Confirmation candidates. The retreat is mandatory for all students preparing to be confirmed at Our Lady of the Lake on May 17, 2018.
“FATHER, . . . this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”1 “God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”2 “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”3 than the name of JESUS.
The Religious Education Program at Our Lady of the Lake is blessed with dedicated, conscientious volunteer catechists who believe in the mission of our parish, and in helping to build a faith based community. It is through their instruction and modeled example that our students learn and put into action timeless Catholic values that will prepare them for lives of faith and service.
We collaborate with parents, the primary educators of their children, to insure proper instruction of the teachings of the Catholic faith. We encourage parent involvement and participation with events pertaining to your child with the Religious Education program. We are committed to working together in forming your child’s life. We will try to enhance and support the Catholic values that have been introduced and are being lived in your homes. We will also prepare the children, with your help, for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.
As a community, we should always strive to be intentional in our faith-making choices, in response to Christ’s grace to live our lives together as the Body of Christ. The Christian faith reminds us that Christ is the means by which we reach God. It is our hope that each of you have an enriching experience and a fulfilling spiritual journey with our Church and the Religious Education program. May God continue to bless you and your family.