SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION FOR CHILDREN 

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Galatians 3:26-27

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Children who have reached the age of seven and desire to be received into the Church through Baptism,
this year will be able to join the new Parish Programme Crossroads.

 

What does the Programme involve?

There are a number of stages in the journey towards Baptism.
Time for asking questions, learning, and growing spiritually. 
Crossroads is carefully designed so that each child is accompanied and allowed the space to
grow in relationship with Christ and become more fully a member of the local parish. 
The process runs for approximately 10 months.

Children are first invited to a period of enquiry, where they are given the chance to explore what faith means and discover the basic message of the Gospel. This consists of 3 sessions and concludes with a liturgical rite where the children formally ask to be begin the journey to become disciples of Christ and members of the Church.

A period of teaching follows, this is a time to deepen their faith and relationship with Jesus. It is a time of formation and guidance, aimed at training them in the Christian life. It includes attending Sunday Mass, deepening their personal prayer life and 8 sessions with other children their age, where they learn the fundamentals of

the Catholic faith. 

Before moving into the next stage the child attends another liturgical rite.  This is where the Church

acknowledges the children’s readiness for receiving the Sacraments of Initiation, and the children

express their desire to receive them.

The next period is a time for reflection and prayer and a time to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus.

This is a period of spiritual preparation, consisting more in interior reflection than teaching.  It runs through Lent and will include 5 meetings to reflect on scripture and prepare spiritually for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion – whichever are age appropriate).

At the Easter Saturday Vigil Mass, the children will receive the Sacraments of Initiation.

The final period is in fact the beginning of a life long journey of faith, where the child deepens their involvement with the parish community, attends Mass and also attends 3 sessions with others their age to help them as they move forward on this journey.
 

 

 

For more information Contact Sarah Shefford (03) 348 6100 or sarah@christchurchwest.org.nz