Sacramental Preparation

SacramentalPrepReceiving Sacraments is a vital expression of who we are as followers of Christ.

God desires more than anything to give us his life – His very life is received through the 7 Sacraments.  A Sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.  The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are traditionally received during the 2nd grade year (although older children and adults also receive these sacraments each year).  The Sacrament of Confirmation is Traditionally received in the 8th grade year.  Below is information about Sacramental Preparation at Church of the Ascension.

The Role of Parents:

  • The faith formation of children and their preparation to celebrate thesacraments is primarily the responsibility of parents. Father Andrew, as pastor, faith formation coordinators, catechists and the parish community share this responsibility and assist parents to bring their child to the fullness of a life of discipleship through prayer, support, formal catechetical programs and preparation processes.
  • Parents prepare their children for sacraments by first serving as an example through their own regular participation in the Sunday Eucharist, their own modeling of prayer and service, and their active participation in the life of the parish community.
  • Parents have the privilege, right and responsibility to be intimately involved in preparing their children for sacraments.
  • Parents are expected to attend parent sessions so that their ability to participate in the preparation of their child to receive the sacrament is enhanced.

 First Reconciliation & First Eucharist Preparation  

Preparation for a child’s First Holy Communion is 2 years.  Children are to be registered in School of Religion one yearprior to their reception. For most child this means being in 1st grade classes prior to their 2nd grade year.

Preparation for Reconciliation and First Eucharist includes:

  • Weekly attendance at Sunday Mass
  • Attendance and active participation at weekly class.
  • Participation in sacramental preparation sessions (Forgiveness Day and Jesus Day)
  • Completion of parent/child home assignments
  • Providing a copy of the child’s Baptismal certificate (if not baptized at Ascension)
  • Participation in parent/child rehearsals
  • All candidates who have received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are encouraged to continue receiving the Eucharist weekly and to receive the Lord’s gift of forgiveness when needed (a few times a year is recommended)


The Sacrament of Confirmation is a gift of the Holy Spirit which confirms our initiation in Christ which began at Baptism and calls us to be witnesses of Christ’s life and love.  It also completes the Sacraments of Initiation.  It is the beginning of the next step in ones spiritual journey.

2 Year Program

We have a two year preparation Program for all candidates preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Students must have completed Year I (traditionally 7th grade School of Religion) before entering into Year II (S&L).

Year I Confirmation

Students in Year I will show their readiness by doing the following:

1. Attend Weekly Classes from September – May
2. Complete any assignments given in class.
3. Perform 10 Service Projects (Stewardship Activities).

Each of these components are signs of their readiness to move forward in their Confirmation Journey.  If one is unable to complete the above mentioned they will need to repeat Year I.

Stewardship Reflection Sheet1

Year II Confirmaiton (S&L):

1.   Provide a copy of the candidate’s Baptismal certificate (if not Baptized at Ascension).
2. Having attend Year I Confirmation (traditionally 7th grade) prior to entering Year II (traditionally 8th grade) faith formation.
3. Attend Weekly S&L meetings.
4. Attend  a Confirmation Retreat
5. Complete 20 service projects (stewardship activities).
6. Candidates must complete all homework assignments.
1. Confirmation Information Sheet
2. Sponsor Form
3. Stewardship Form
4. Saint Paper Guidelines
5. Letter to the Archbishop

Completion of the things mentioned above are what we consider “signs of readiness” for Confirmation.  It is important that each of these are completed and each candidate participates in each aspect of our program in order to be ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.


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Summer Programs


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Both VBS and Summer YFF need volunteers to make it happen.  Please call the Youth Faith Formation Office for more info to to volunteer – 681-7683 or



VBS 2018 will be June 4th – 8th 

Vacation Bible School has become of of the highlights of the Summer for those who participate.  Every year children come and leave excited and happy as they go through the rest of the summer signing the songs and doing the hand motions they learned.  VBS is for kids pre-school 3 year olds – 5th grade (3 year olds need to be potty trained).  We have both an AM and a PM session.  Click Here for Registration and more information.


June 18th -28th 2018

Our intensive Summer Program meets for 4 hours each day during the week from 8:30am to 12:30pm.  It will be Monday through Friday the first week and Monday through Thursday the second week. It covers the same amount of material as the traditional weekly program during the year.  These two weeks are filled with not only great instruction for our young parishioners in 1st & 3rd – 6th grades, but also has many other great faith filled activities.  Call for additional information at 913-681-7683.  Click Here to register & for more information.


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YFF Volunteers Needed

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Inspire, Teach, Transform

The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few… Catechists and aides are needed for Pre-School – 8thgrade.

Would you give your “YES” to being one of God’s instruments to pass on the wonder and beauty of our Catholic Faith?

Please call us in the YFF Office at 681-7683 (We always have needs).

Catechists and aides needed for:

  • K4C Sunday Morning – 10AM to 11AM – Pre-school 3&4 years olds and Kindergarteners
  • Sunday Evening from 6:30PM to 8:00PM – 7th and 8th grade (Year I Confirmation and Year II – S&L)
  • Wednesday Evening from 5:30PM to 6:45PM – 1st – 6th Grade (Traditional)
  • 1st Wednesday evening of the month – 6:00PM to 7:30PM (Family Formation)


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