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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.

BAPTISM

Through the waters of baptism, one is welcomed into the Christian Community and becomes a member of the Mystical Body of Christ.  At St. Elizabeth, infant and child (under the age of seven) baptisms are celebrated four times a year at the Sunday Liturgy, in the midst of the assembled community.  A preparation class is required of parents and godparents prior to the baptism itself.  For more information about when the baptism classes are held and to arrange for your child to be baptized, please contact the parish office.  For adults and children ages seven and older, preparation for Christian Initiation is conducted through our RCIA program.

 

FIRST RECONCILIATION & FIRST COMMUNION

Baptized children are invited to begin preparation for their First Reconciliation and First Communion during 2nd grade. A series of Sunday classes (following the 9am Mass), parent involvement, retreats, and a parent/child workbook are all part of the process. Children should attend Sunday Mass and be enrolled in Children’s Word as a part of their formation as well. Classes for First Reconciliation begin in the fall, with the sacrament celebrated during Advent. The process then transitions into preparation for First Holy Communion, which is celebrated during the Easter season. This year, the First Communion Liturgy will be celebrated on May 22, 2016.

Please go to page entitled, About the Restored Rite for next year and beyond, as the age requirements and process are changing.

Download Children's Sacramental Preparation schedule: 2016 Childrens' Sacraments Schedule

 

YOUTH CONFIRMATION

Come, Holy Spirit! Current 6th, 7th and 8th graders are invited to prepare for Confirmation to be celebrated in the spring of 2016. Classes meet regularly from October through May after the 9am Sunday Mass. Parents and sponsors will play a strong role in the candidates’ formation, too. Two retreats and serving together for St. Elizabeth’s Sandwich Line play an essential part of our Confirmation preparation process. Loralie Cole, Sarah Ault and Mary McManus are leading the Confirmation Team this year! Archbishop Samuel Aquila will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for our youth on Pentecost, May 15, 2016.

Please go to page entitled, About the Restored Rite for next year and beyond, as the age requirements and process are changing.

Download Youth Confirmation Preparation schedule: 2016 Confirmation Schedule

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 community through a period of discernment, catechesis, and liturgical rites, culminating in their entrance into the Catholic Church through the celebration of the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist). The entire RCIA process takes place within the community gathered.

Download the current RCIA schedule of meetings:  2016 RCIA Schedule

To inquire about Sacramental Preparation at St. Elizabeth’s please contact Mary McManus at mary@stelizabethdenver.org or 303-534-4014 x205.