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Sacramental Life

As Catholic Christians, our sacramental life is central to our life as a community of faith.  The Sacraments, or Holy Mysteries, are special moments of grace in which we experience God's love and mercy.

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Please see the specific paragraphs below as they relate to you or your child. Any questions or to register yourself or your child for the sacraments below, please contact Mary McManus: mary@stelizabethdenver.org or 303-534-4014 x205.

 

BAPTISM

At St. Elizabeth, baptisms for infants and children under the age of 7 are celebrated four times a year during our 9am Sunday Mass.  Baptism is the most significant event in the life of a Christian, one that washes away sin and welcomes the child into the life of the Church! Families who want to baptize their child at Sunday Mass are strongly encouraged to worship here regularly as well. In this way, what is symbolized by Initiation (church membership) is more fully celebrated.

A preparation class is required of parents and godparents prior to the baptism, and the materials fee is $20. After the parents have taken the class and filled out the paperwork, we will put your child on the schedule. For more information about when the baptism classes are held, please contact the parish office.  For adults and children ages seven and older, preparation for Christian Initiation is conducted through our joint RCIA program with the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

FIRST RECONCILIATION, CONFIRMATION & FIRST COMMUNION (Restored Order)

Baptized children are invited to begin preparation for the three sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion during 2nd grade. Since children are now Confirmed at a younger age, the time needed for preparation has been prolonged so that the children have time to internalize the material.

Children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the middle of 2nd grade. Children are Confirmed and receive First Communion in the 3rd grade.

We follow a "Family Formation" model of sacramental preparation in which families conduct workbook activities at home, and then meet regularly as a group for faith sharing and catechesis. A series of monthly classes, parent involvement, retreats, and a parent/child home study materials are all part of the process. Children must attend Sunday Mass and be enrolled in Children’s Word as a part of their formation as well.

Click here for more information About the Restored Order, as the age requirements and process are changing.

Sacramental Prep Overview 2017-2018

Restored Order Schedule 2017-18

YOUTH CONFIRMATION

For youth in grades 7-9 who have already received Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist, Confirmation is offered every other year. Confirmation preparation for this age group will begin again in January 2019 with the Confirmation Liturgy scheduled for Fall 2019.

If there is a particular urgency to receive Confirmation, there is a home-study option supplemented by a series of assignments/activities that can be completed with the candidate's sponsor. Confirmation could then be received in Fall 2018 with the children following the restored order. Participating in a program with their peers is preferable, however.

 RCIA

RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is a process through which both unbaptized and baptized individuals enter into the Catholic Church through a period of discernment, catechesis, and liturgical rites. This process culminates with the celebration of the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist).

 

MARRIAGE PREP

For over three decades now, the marriage preparation ministry at St. Elizabeth’s has been helping couples prepare for the day in which they become a sacrament. Married couples from the community meet as sponsors with engaged couples to explore a variety of issues and aspects of marriage. This multi-faceted approach has proven to help in laying a strong foundation for a healthy sacramental marriage. Please visit our Wedding Page.