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1 Sacrament of Initiation Preparation Process Information Baptism First Penance First Eucharist Confirmation Rite of total Initiation, Children & Adult CCC 1116 Sacraments are powers that come forth from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and live-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are the masterworks of God in the new and everlasting Covenant. Nativity of Our Lord Department Of Faith Formation W. Midway Blvd. - Broomfield, CO

2 Stages in religious preparation and Faith Formation Home life Normal liturgical life Primary Catechesis Parents Family Sponsors Normal liturgical life in the Church Mass on Sunday and Holy Days Regular Confession The awakening of wanting to receive a deeper life of Faith / Prevenient Grace Supplemental Catechesis Education opportunities Formation Community building Religious Education Nativity Grade School Approaching the Church and authentically asking to receive the actual Sacramental grace Sacramental Catechesis Baptism, Confirmation First Penance & Eucharist Marriage & Holy Orders Requirements for receiving Sacraments of initiation Remote Preparation requirement - The Sacraments of the Catholic Church are a free gift of Grace to live a life in Christ, but even this free gift can be delayed if there is not hope present. At Nativity of Our Lord in Broomfield we recognize that hope is present when one can honestly sate they have been living the precept of the Church for at least six months. i.e attend mass every Sunday. Without this sign of hope both the Proximate Preparation and especially the Immediate Preparation will not bear its fullest fruit. We will not police this but challenge you in your conscience to be honest in where you are at in your Commitment to Christ. Therefor the seeker of this life is Christ will not be admitted to the final stage of immediate preparation for the reception of a Sacrament. We want you to have Life to the Full and we encourage you and your family to keep working on this goal with many of the opportunities we offer here to keep growing in your faith. Proximate preparation requirements - This is a very personal decision that we leave up to you the stewards of the seekers faith. The three most common avenues for this proximate preparation are: Catholic School, Religious Education program, Parish or Archdiocesan learning opportunities or an approved Homeschooling program. Parents, as primary catechists, please design the program that you feel will properly prepare your Child to be fully prepared to receive the Sacrament. Let us know what you have chosen and are committed to for you and your Childs preparation. See list of what Nativity offers for all ages on attached sheet.

3 Immediate Preparation: Baptism- the Process of preparing for baptism takes as long as the parents and / or sponsors of the infant to be baptized feel that can live up to the baptismal promises and are ready and will to approach the Sacrament here are the requirements. a. A request for the sacraments by Parent(s) by enrolling in the program: b. Baptism Certificate of (at least one) Catholic & verbal affirmation of Faith, Affirmation of your ability to live precepts of the Church, God Parent Affidavit 2. Two Classes for Parents Oldest (or first Child here at Nativity) parents only First Penance / First Communion - The Process of preparing for First Penance / First Communion takes as long as the seeker and their parents and / or sponsors chose that the seeker is fully ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This Process begins at baptism is more formalized the age of reason (about 7yrs old). When you as Parents along with your Child seek First Penance and First Holy Communion here are ready and will to approach the Sacrament here are the requirements: 1. A request for the sacraments by Parent(s) by enrolling in the program included: Baptism Certificate & verbal affirmation of Faith, Affirmation of striving to live precepts of the Church 2. Three Class for Parents and Students 3. Reception of Frist Penance facilitated by Parents taking students after class and before First Communion 4. One rehearsal for Parents and students TBD (if group mass option is chosen) Confirmation - The Process of preparing for Confirmation takes as long as the seeker and their parents and / or sponsors chose that the seeker is fully ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This Process begins at baptism is more formalized the age of reason (about 7yrs old). Archdiocese of Denver Pastoral Handbook Subject of Rite - The practice of the Archdiocese is to confirm youth between the 6th and 11thgrades. We at Nativity accept request for Confirmation from seekers in these age demographic. Therefor when you as Parents along with you Child seek Confirmation are ready and will to approach the Sacrament here are the requirements: 1. Formal letter to Pastor requesting the sacrament Confirmation, by Confirmandie (Parents) must include: Sponsor Affidavit and form with Saint name, Baptism Certificate & verbal affirmation of Faith, Affirmation of striving to live precepts of the Church and seeker is duly prepared, Formal letter requesting Confirmation 2. One Class for Parents and Confirmandi 3. One rehearsal for Parents and Confirmandi 4. One retreat Confirmandi -TBD Legitimate exceptions to confirmation outside the grades of 6 th -11 th are given in canon law 891 and may be requested of the Pastor of the Parish.

4 RITE OF INITIATION CHILDREN For children seven years old and older who have not been baptized. Sessions will begin on Sunday morning, September 9, 2012 at 11:00am. Complete initiation will be at Easter. No additional fee for children registered in Religious Education. RITE OF INITIATION ADULTS RCIA with Deacon Richard Medenwaldt for non-catholics who have OR havenot been baptized. Sessions will begin in the fall. Complete initiation will be at Easter What are the precepts of the Church? -CCC They are: 1) to attend Mass on Sundays and other holy days of obligation and to refrain from work and activities which could impede the sanctification of those days; 2) to confess one's sins, receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation at least once each year; 3) to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season; 4) to abstain from eating meat and to observe the days of fasting established by the Church; and 5) to help to provide for the material needs of the Church, each according to his own ability. FAITH FESTIVALS Come join us at 5:30pm in the church For the entire family; A night of prayer and praise on the following dates: Tuesday 10/23 (followed by Oktoberfest), Wednesday 10/24, Tuesday 12/18, Wednesday 12/19 (followed by Christmas social), Tuesday 2/19 (followed by soup lent), Wednesday 2/20, Tuesday 4/23 Wednesday 4/24 (followed by Pot Luck) Suggested Prayers and Base Knowledge Basic Prayer - Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Guardian Angel Prayer Liturgical - Act of Contrition, Confiteor (I Confess), the Gloria, the Creed, the Holy, Holy, Holy, Lamb of God Devotional Prayers - Grace before Meals, Rosary, Angelus, Hail Holy Queen, Memorare, Prayer to St. Michael Important to know for Life - The Great Commands, The Ten Commandments, The Beatitudes

5 Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Parish Formation opportunities What we offer our Grade School age children open to everyone in grades K -8 th o Nativity of our Lord Catholic School o Religious Education on Tuesdays and Wednesdays o TOTUS TUUS 2nd week in June (1 st -6 th ) o Faith Festival a holy hour for families once a quarter o Ventures of the Star - with Fr. Accursio (6 th 8 th ) o CL vacation with Fr. Accursio. (6 th 8 th ) o Diocesan opportunities thought our youth ministry department (6 th 8 th ) What we offer our High School age children - open to everyone in grades 9 th -12 th o NEW - High School religious education opportunities - 1&3 6:30 o 3 Mini sessions. One per quarter and they last 6 weeks topics TBD o Faith Festival a holy hour for families once a quarter o A Nativity Retreat TDB o TOTUS TUUS 2nd week in June (7-8 & 9-12) o Youth Ministry Opportunities Some of What we offer our Parents o RCIA with Deacon Richard Medenwaldt o First Fridays with Father o Adult Learning once a quarter with Mark T. Tuesday and Wednesdays o Adult Catechetical session ( 6 in a session) with Fr. Michael Carvill o Faith Festival a holy hour for families once a quarter o Women s Groups - Endow at Nativity, TOFF Time Out for Friendship, Women s Guild o Men s groups - Knights of Columbus, MASH Men s Group, St. Joe s Men s Group o Respect Life, Soup Kitchen, Stephen Ministry, Kairos Prison Ministry, o Receptions Committee, Sacristy Laundry, Parish Library, o Ushers, Greeters, Lectors, Music, Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion o Multiple Bible Studies and Adult Education with Deacon Richard Medenwaldt HOME SCHOOL OPTION o The Faith and Life series is available online at Click on, I m a home school Parent and proceed to Faith and Life. 2 nd Grade Theme Jesus Our Life. Please contact Mark at or ext. 104, to schedule an interview upon completion of the course. PLEASE RETAIN FOR YOUR RECORDS

6 Communication Nativity Web Site: For up to date information on events, schedules, forms, and contact information. FlockNote Receive Sacrament Preparation information via text, , twitter or Facebook e.g.; class cancellations, events and reminders Go to click on Flocknote (homepage, upper right) register and join the NOOl Sacrament Preparation List. 1 Choose which format is best for you to receive Sacrament Preparation information. Please note: After registering you will receive a verification from Flocknote. You must verify via or you will not have completed your registration, therefore you will not receive any correspondences. Contact Us: Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church 900 W. Midway Blvd, Broomfield, CO Parish Office: (303) Fax: (303) Pastor: Fr. Michael Carvill F.S.C.B. Ext.114 Director of Faith Formation: Mark Thomason, Ext.104, Director of Religious Education: Diane Irby, Ext. 103, PLEASE RETAIN FOR YOUR RECORDS 1 Any information you provide will be held with the utmost care and will not be used in any way that you have not consented to.

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