New Guidelines for Sacramental Preparation Programs

The Diocese of Madison recently released guidelines for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion to begin Fall 2019. These guidelines, which the Diocese has been working on this past year, provide consistency and quality of liturgical catechesis and pastoral care during these preparation years. The guidelines address catechetical programs, homeschooling, and Catholic Schooling.

While we at SMG are adhering to these guidelines, there are additional preparation opportunities to be implemented in the Fall:

  • Immediate preparation totaling 8-10 hours for each Sacrament outside of a classroom or homeschool setting
    • While we do have a parent meeting and retreat for each Sacrament, it does not equal 8-10 hours for each Sacrament. Additional meeting time and/or preparation material will be provided.
  • Sacramental Assessment or Interview for each Sacrament
    • This 5-10 minute interview will be given by the Pastor, staff, and/or Catechetical Leaders to determine readiness to receive each Sacrament.

To review the Guidelines in their entirety, please refer to the parish website where you will find the links to the documents. There is also a welcome letter from the late Most Reverend Morlino to introduce and explain the importance of properly preparing children to receive the Sacraments. You can access this letter at the parish website as well.


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