All students in grades Kindergarten through High School are a part of the Faith Formation program including all adults and youth participating in the RCIA program.

Todos los estudiantes desde Kinder hasta High School son parte del Programa de Educación Religiosa y tambien incluye a todos los participantes de RICA.  

Contact: Adolfo Trana – Director of Religious Education; 770-448-2028 ext 116 atrana@stpatricksga.org

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Preparation of children for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is offered in a separate preparation program in addition to weekly classes. A key part of the preparation process is designed to help parents grow in their own understanding and appreciation of the sacraments and to assist them as they pass along their faith, beliefs, and values to their children. Parent participation is mandatory.

Eligible candidates must be registered active members of the parish and should:

  • Be in second grade or above
  • Weekly participation in Sunday Mass is a MUST
  • Participate and maintain satisfactory attendance in weekly classes or be a Catholic school student
  • Have satisfactorily completed TWO FULL YEARS of faith formation instruction in a formal faith formation program in the year prior to beginning sacramental preparation. New parishioners must submit transfer records upon registration.

The Sacraments

Baptism

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in its mission. 

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BAPTISM?

In order to help the parents prepare for Baptism, and to help the infants to grow in faith as they grow in age, the Church has certain requirements for Baptism.  Each child should have one, or more frequently two, godparents.  If there are two godparents, one should be a man and the other a woman.  The godparents’ role is to help the child’s parents in their task of teaching the Catholic faith to their children.  Because their task is to model the Christian life for the baptized child, it is necessary that each godparent be someone who is a confirmed adult Catholic who lives and practices his faith6.  They may be married or single, but may not be married outside the Catholic Church.  Non-Catholic Christians can be present as a Christian witness, but because they are not prepared to share the fullness of the Catholic faith, cannot serve as godparents.  Parishes may establish other requirements for the reception of Baptism, often requiring a preparation class7 for the parents or godparents, but these requirements are not intended to prevent anyone from receiving the sacrament, and should be adjusted in special cases8.

Holy Communion

WHO CAN RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION?

Because Holy Communion is one of the most precious things that Jesus has given to us, it is important to prepare ourselves properly before receiving. In the Roman Catholic Church, once a child is old enough to understand that the Eucharist is the gift of Jesus’ own life, he receives careful preparation so that he may receive his First Holy Communion. In addition to learning the truths about the Eucharist, the child prepares himself spiritually, receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, so that he might receive Holy Communion with a pure heart.

For adults, too, careful preparation is necessary before receiving Holy Communion. Because Holy Communion is a sign of unity with the Catholic Church, one should only receive Holy Communion if he believes what the Catholic Church teaches, and is living as a member of the Church, following the way of life that she sets out for her children. If one is conscious of serious sin, he should receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before approaching Holy Communion.

HOW DO I PREPARE TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION?

Holy Communion is a great mystery, to be approached with reverence and awe. On the feast of Corpus Christi, the Church sings that Holy Communion brings “life to these, to those damnation / see how like participation / is with unlike issues rife.”2 This hymn draws its inspiration from the Holy Bible, where Saint Paul writes, “anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.”3 Holy Communion is a great spiritual gift, but it also requires great respect.

The most important preparation is spiritual. Many Catholics choose to take some time for private prayer before mass to prepare for Holy Communion. In order to receive Holy Communion worthily, individuals with serious sins first need to receive forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confession is also a valuable preparation for those with lesser sins, and most parishes provide it at a convenient time for those who desire to receive Holy Communion at Sunday Mass.

The Church offers various aids to help Catholics prepare themselves for Holy Communion. She requires a fast of at least one hour before receiving Communion. 4 This fast includes all food and drink except for water and medicine, but it does not apply to the ill or elderly. Some Catholics find it helpful to fast for a longer time, even from the night before, in order to be better prepared for Holy Communion. Time spent praying in thanksgiving after receiving Holy Communion is also well rewarded.

WHAT IF I CAN NOT RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION?

There are many individuals who will not be able to receive Holy Communion at any given mass. These include children who have not yet made their First Holy Communion, non-Catholics who may be in the congregation, those who have not made the necessary fast before mass, and individuals who are in a state of sin, including those who are living in irregular marital situations.

While the worthy reception of Holy Communion is a great gift, it is not necessary for a Catholic to receive Holy Communion at every mass. Participation in the mass gives glory to God and can be of great spiritual value even when one does not receive Holy Communion. Those who do not receive Holy Communion can join with the whole community in prayer, asking God’s blessing upon themselves and upon the whole world.

At times it may be painful not to be able to receive Holy Communion. For Catholics, this may serve as an invitation to speak with a priest who can help them return to full communion. For non-catholics, it can be an inspiration to pray for greater union among Christians. The Catholic Church invites all people to communion, but full communion means a choice to embrace the teachings and way of life that the Church has received from Christ and continues to propose to the people of today.

Each time we receive Holy Communion well, we not only receive the Body of Christ, but become more deeply united to Christ in His Body, the Church. This great gift calls for great preparation, and invites us to give the rest of our lives to Jesus, as well.

Catechist Certification Record

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K-6th Grade Formation

K-6th Grade: Following our Archbishop’s Pastoral Plan, our program is based in the Gospel Readings and around the liturgical year.  Doing this, we are teaching our kids the value of the Christian Celebration in concordance with our daily lives.  This method integrates the fundamental themes of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with Scripture and Catholic Social Teachings.

K-6th Grado: Siguiendo el modelo del Plan Pastoral de nuestro Arzobispo, nuestro programa esta basado en las lecturas del Evangelio y entorno al año liturgico.  De esta menera, le presentamos a nuestros niños el valor de la concordancia de vida con nuestra celebracion cristiana.  Este metodo integra las enseñanazas fundamentales del Catesismo de la Iglesia Catolica, la Escritura, y la Enseñanaza Social Catolica.  

Contact: Adolfo Traña– Director of Religious Education; 770-448-2028 ext 116; atrana@stpatricksga.org

7th & 8th Grade Formation

Contact: Adolfo Traña – Director of Religious Education; 770-448-2028 ext 116; atrana@stpatricksga.org

Life Teen (High School)

We believe that Eucharist-based ministry has the power to transform teens, transform parishes, and transform culture. We unite to evangelize, catechize, and develop Christ-centered relationships with youth in a large group environment. This spiritual, social and educational experience provides teens with opportunities to grow closer to God.

Creemos que el ministerio basado en la Eucaristía tiene el poder de transformar adolescentes, transformar parroquias, y transformar nuestra cultura. Nos unimos para evangelizar, catequizar, y desarrollar relaciones centradas en Cristo con los jóvenes en un ambiente de grupo. Esta experiencia espiritual, social y educativa ofrece a los adolescentes oportunidades de crecer más cerca de Dios.

Contact: lifeteen.stpatricksga@gmail.com | Call or Text: 678-404-1996

Confirmation Program

The Confirmation preparation program is for students in the 10th grade or above.

Enrollment into the Confirmation Preparation program 2019-2020 may occur once students have satisfactorily completed one year of Religious Education. New parishioners should submit transfer records upon registration.

Students must continue to participate in the Life Teen program or Catholic High School during the school year of their Confirmation preparation.

Eligible candidates must be registered and active members of the parish who participate in weekly Sunday Liturgy.

Contact: Adolfo Traña – Director of Religious Education; 770-448-2028 ext 116; atrana@stpatricksga.org 

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