Sacrament Preparation for Children
Sacrament Preparation for Ages 7-18
Students receive special, intense preparation for Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation with the parent/guardian. Students in both the Parish School and Religious Education celebrate reception of the sacraments jointly.
Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is a 2-year program, beginning in first grade. The sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist are received for the first time in the second grade. Confirmation preparation is also a 2-year program, beginning in the seventh grade. Candidates in both seventh and eighth grade participate in retreats, special events and complete Stewardship (service) hours. The sacrament of Confirmation is received in the eighth grade.
All candidates for sacraments (Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation) must provide a copy of their baptism certificate to the Religious Education office by October 31st. Baptism certificates can be faxed directly to our office at 402-861-4590 by the parish where your child was baptized.
Parent meetings are scheduled during the year so that parents may review the content of the preparation and deepen their own understanding of the sacrament being received. Please contact Mary Maguire at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions concerning preparation or celebration of the sacraments.
First Holy Communion will be celebrated at St. Stephen’s on Sun., March 30, 2019. We will have three special Masses in the Worship Space at 9 am, 12 noon and 3 pm.
A mandatory Parent Meeting will be held on Sun., Feb. 3, 2019 at 7:15 pm in the Dining Room.
A special blessing for those receiving First Holy Communion and their parents will be given at all Masses on Feb. 2/3, 2019.
First Holy Communion Schedule
Important Dates for Confirmation Preparation (click here)
7th and 8th grade Confirmation candidates are asked to do 10 hours of stewardship (service) and reflect on what they learned about their gifts and how God is working in their life. Please complete the Stewardship Reflection below to guide you in your reflection for each service opportunity and help come up with new ways to serve the Lord. To access the Stewardship Reflection form, please click on:
Paper forms will no longer be accepted by RE or school teachers or by the office. A PDF of the student’s answers will be automatically emailed back to the student/parent when the form is submitted.
The Stewardship Reflection form can be reached by clicking on the link above or by scanning the QR code at right.
Stewardship Hours for 2018-19:
– At least 10 hours (5 within the parish, 5 outside the parish in the community)
– First 5 hours due December 1, 2018; total hours due May 1, 2019
– May begin earning and submitting hours after May 1, 2018.
It is the responsibility of the student, with guidance from parents, to find and complete the required hours. Opportunities within the parish and community will be posted in the bulletin and RE/school newsletters throughout the year. These are suggestions only. Students may perform stewardship hours anywhere in the community. Questions? Please contact Betsy Carroll, Confirmation Coordinator, at email@example.com or 402-861-4510.
Confirmation Sponsor and Patron Saint Information
Below is the on-line Journey of Faith form to fill out with your chosen Confirmation patron saint and sponsor information. A copy of the form willed be emailed back to you after it is submitted. Please contact Betsy Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. You can access the Journey of Faith form by clicking on the following link:
Journey of Faith Form (click here)
First Reconciliation will be celebrated at special services on Mon., Dec. 3rd and Tues., Dec. 4, 2018. The services will begin at 7 pm.
Families will sit together for the Reconciliation service. A small reception in honor of our children will follow in the Dining Room.
Please contact Mary Maguire, Director of Religious Education, at email@example.com with questions.
Parent Letter for Reconciliation/Holy Communion
One of our favorite experiences in Religious Education at St. Stephen’s is welcoming children and families into the Catholic Church.
Children 7 years of age through age 18 who have not been baptized or who have been baptized in another faith can receive preparation for the sacraments through the Rite of Christian Initiation.
Children 3rd grade or older who have been baptized as a Catholic but have not received Reconciliation or Eucharist prepare for the sacraments by attending regular religious education classes and receive individual preparation in a group or with their parents. High School teens will receive special preparation through Youth Ministry.
If you have a child or teen that would like to become Catholic or has missed sacraments, please contact Mary Maguire at firstname.lastname@example.org for special preparation for the sacraments.
Mon-Fri: 6:30am, 8:15am
Sat: 8:00am, 5:00pm
Sun: 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, Noon, 6:00pm
Reconciliation / Confession
Tues: 5:30pm-6:30pm or by apt.
Sat: 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Parish Office: (402) 896-9675
School Office: (402) 896-0754
Rel.Ed Office: (402) 896-5683
Youth Ministry: (402) 861-4509
Kidzone: (402) 896-4316
St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church
16701 "S" Street, Omaha, NE 68135