“The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments… The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify, to build up the Body of Christ and, finally, to give worship to God.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, Nos. 1113 & 1123.

THE WAY is our parish’s approach for those who wish to progress in their spiritual journey toward becoming missionary disciples. Along this journey of THE WAY are opportunities that allow us to Encounter Christ, grow in community, and acquire greater depth of knowledge and understanding of the faith. The main ways we experience Christ is in the sacraments of The Church.

THE WAY honors the importance and necessity of families journeying together in faith. Preparing to receive the sacraments is a wondrous and spiritually enriching time for young people. It also is a time where families can reaffirm and celebrate their faith together.  As the first teachers of faith to your children, parents have a special role in helping their children to the sacramental life. We strive to help all our families in the process of Sacramental preparation by providing support that is not a “one-size-fits-all” model. Families may explore when each individual may be ready to receive a sacrament.  The EQUIP Team at Prince of Peace is here for your family every step of the way, as your child prepares for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. Working together, we can prepare those who seek Christ through the sacraments, as they grow in their faith in the church community, helping them to become committed disciples so that they can go forth to live out their baptismal mission. Read below to learn more about the preparation and discernment for each Sacrament.

Baptism

“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),4 and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”– Catechism of the Catholic Church

To prepare for Baptism, a family will have experienced  ALPHA, (click for details) and after completion contact Lelis Knight by email at Lknight@popcatholicchurch.org or by calling 678-960-0040.

First Reconciliation

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 NASB

Preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Penance, is a time to celebrate God’s love and mercy.  During this time, we focus not only on our relationship with God but also with those in our family and community.  Through confession of our sins, we are able to deepen our relationship with God and others to better live our lives as disciples.  

To prepare for First Reconciliation, a family will have experienced ALPHA (click for details), one semester of EQUIP Families (click for details), and currently be enrolled in EQUIP Families. Children who have been baptized, are in at least the second grade and whose family is actively participating in THE WAY are invited to begin preparation towards this sacrament, as they are ready, by completing the registration below.

CLICK HERE for more detailed information regarding First Reconciliation.

CLICK HERE to register and begin the journey!

First Eucharist

“Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35 NASB

We acknowledge that the preparation time for First Eucharist is an important, joyful, and exciting chapter in your family’s faith life. In receiving this sacrament, your child will be able to participate fully in the worship life of Prince of Peace and the entire Catholic Church. This time of preparation is not just for your child’s “first” Eucharist but to begin a journey that will last a lifetime of knowing God’s greatest gift to us by receiving Jesus in the Eucharist. Through the Eucharist, our church community is able to most closely Encounter Christ and be spiritually fed and strengthened to Live as Disciples. The EQUIP Team at Prince of Peace is excited to journey with you and your child through this time of preparation. We are committed to be here for you every step of the way, however you might need us.

As parents interact with their child, both in the home and at Sunday Mass, they can explore if their child is ready to start preparations for this Sacrament. To prepare for sacraments, a family will have completed ALPHA (click here for details), one semester of EQUIP Families (click for details), and should be actively participating in THE WAY. Children should be actively attending Mass, should have completed their First Reconciliation, and also participating in opportunities along THE WAY.  When the time is right and your child is ready, you will work with an EQUIP team member to start preparations towards the sacrament.

CLICK HERE for more detailed information regarding First Eucharist

CLICK HERE to register and begin the journey!

Confirmation

“Confirmation strengthens us to defend the faith and to spread the Gospel courageously.” – Pope Francis

The Sacrament of Confirmation builds on the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance, and Holy Communion, completing the process of initiation into the Catholic community. Through Confirmation, our baptismal vows are professed and reaffirmed as mature members of the church. We become more closely united with Christ, sealed with the Holy Spirit, and are strengthened by the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to go forth and live as disciples.

To prepare for Confirmation, a family will have completed ALPHA (click for details), one semester of EQUIP Families (click for details), and actively participating in opportunities along THE WAY. Teens should be actively attending Mass and participating in opportunities specifically for them along THE WAYThere will be three opportunities each year for Confirmation. This year there will be one in November 18 with Fr. Eric, March 14 with Bishop Zarama, and May 19 with Fr. Eric

CLICK HERE for more detailed information regarding Confirmation

CLICK HERE to register and begin the journey!

FAQs

Why is most of the preparation done at home? THE WAY”, our intentional discipleship opportunity at Prince of Peace, acknowledges that the home is the primary place where faith is cultivated. Parents are their child’s primary example of how to live as a Christian and they remain instrumental to their child’s spiritual formation throughout life. It is then natural that this special preparation would take place in the home. Parents are not alone, however, in this task. You will have the support of the Equip team to guide you along, answer questions, and equip you with resources needed to prepare your child for the sacraments.

What are the parent meetings all about?  At Prince of Peace we strive to meet the needs of our parishioners in exploring and learning their faith. We desire to help all our families in the process of Sacramental preparation by providing support that is not a “one size fits all” model. We are turning our attention to allowing families to explore when each individual may be ready to receive a sacrament. So we begin the journey as a family, with the family supporting those receiving the sacrament. The EQUIP Team at Prince of Peace is also your partner in this preparation, and is committed to supporting you in your responsibility as Christian parents and will be available to answer questions and give families support at any point in your family’s journey.  During the meetings we will go over the program, show how materials work and talk about the preparation journey and what is to be expected.

Do both parents have to attend the meetings? The meetings are family meetings so it would be wonderful for both parents to attend them, but if this is not possible, only one parent/guardian may to attend any parent meetings.

What if I miss a retreat? You will have an opportunity to attend the next one scheduled and receive the sacrament after that point.

 

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