Preparation for Baptism
The Faith Community of St. Margaret’s Parish rejoices and welcomes all children into the family of God. We ask that you please call the rectory at (315) 455-5534 to register your child for the Sacrament of Baptism. Parents will need to attend a Pre-Baptism Class which is held on the last Thursday of every month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Church. After attending this class, you may choose the Sunday you wish your child to be Baptized. The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated most Sundays at 1:00 p.m. in the Church, or it may be celebrated within the context of a Sunday Liturgy (Saturday Vigil).
First Eucharist Preparation for Children
The Parish Faith Formation office coordinates the celebration of First Eucharist for children attending the Parish Faith Formation Program and Parish Catholic School.. Preparation is both catechetical and liturgical. Liturgies, from January to May, focus on the Eucharist themes that are part of the catechetical preparation. The First Eucharist Program provides for the children an experiential approach to deepening their understanding of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. All requirements and preparation procedures are contained in the Family Handbook for First Eucharist. Please contact: Miss Kate Bateman Sacramental Coordinator, for further information, (315-455-2203)
First Reconciliation Preparation for Children
The Parish Religious Education Program office coordinates the celebration of First Reconciliation for children attending Saint Margaret’s School and for all children attending the Parish Religious Education Program. Preparation includes catechetical instruction and liturgical formation. An “Advent Celebration of Forgiveness” is held on the first Saturday of December for those students in the 3rd grade and above who have not yet received this Sacrament. The children attend small group workshops to explore Christian values and identity. All requirements and preparation procedures are contained in the Family Handbook for First Reconciliation. For further information please contact Miss Kate Bateman, Sacramental Coordinator (315-455-2203)
Preparation for Confirmation
We welcome you to the Confirmation program here at St. Margaret’s Church. Our program is open to high school age youth who are registered parishioners of our parish and have completed junior high religious education or attended parochial school. It does not take adult faith and unshakable commitment to celebrate Confirmation. If you are ready to celebrate your life, your abilities, and whatever courage God has given you to take the next step, then you are ready for Confirmation. Our program’s goal is to bring the religious education process, which began in the elementary years and deepened in the middle school years, to a maturity level of a fully initiated adult Christian. An emphasis is placed on understanding the past, living the present, and planning for the future as members of the Catholic Church. Our Confirmation program is a two and a half year commitment. Most youth enter as freshmen and are confirmed in the fall of their junior year. Our program is a combination of small group and large group formation. Beginning in October, our program is held for the first year candidates on the first Sunday of the month, and for the second year candidates, on the second Sunday morning of the month from 10:30 a.m. (Mass) to 1:00 p.m. in St. Margaret’s School. At least one of the Sundays will be an evening session in which parents are asked to attend with the candidate.
If your high school student is not registered in the Confirmation Program at this time, and you would like to register him/her, please call the Religious Education Office at 315-455-2203.
Contact: Kate Bateman
Confirmation Class Schedule
2016-2017 Confirmation Calendar
Important: Attendance at all classes is required. Please arrange your schedule accordingly so that you can attend these classes.
There is a requirement of 20 hours of service before the completion of the two year Confirmation Program. Also, each Confirmation candidate will attend 2 retreats during the two years
The Bride and Groom are asked to call the parish office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, to begin preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage, six months in advance of their wedding date.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist for Adults
The RCIA prepares adults to celebrate the sacraments of Christian
Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Three categories of people are involved in the RCIA process: unbaptized people, people who were baptized in a different Christian tradition and are interested in the Roman Catholic expression of faith, and Catholic people who have not completed Christian initiation. Preparation includes weekly meetings and participation in sacred rites which mark the spiritual progress of the participant. Generally, these sacraments are celebrated at the Easter Vigil. During the initial interview, prospective candidates are given an overview of the process, and questions can be answered. This process facilitates a deepening of the candidate’s relationship to God and the awareness of God’s presence in the world. Please call the Parish Office at 315-455-5534 for further information or to schedule an initial interview.