BAPTISM OF CHILDREN
Holy Rosary is excited to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism with you and your child. We typically celebrate the sacrament DURING any of the weekend liturgies (except during Lent) or AFTER the 4:30 Mass on Saturday or 9:00 Mass on Sunday.
Requirements for Baptism
- Parental Consent (at least one parent or someone legally standing the place of apparent)
- Reasonable hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic Faith
- Membership at Holy Rosary (Exceptions can be made. A letter from the parish of registration is required.)
- Participation in a Parent Formation Session (for first time parents)
Contact Carol Ann to schedule a baptism or to reserve a spot at baptism preparation.
FIRST RECONCILIATION/FIRST COMMUNION
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. -- Matthew 26:26-28
The children of Holy Rosary are normally prepared to celebrate the sacraments First Reconciliation & Holy Communion (Eucharist) during the 2nd grade year. Parents and school/parish catechists form a partnership to help our children have a better understanding and appreciation for the Sacred Mass and a deeper sense of God’s love for them as demonstrated in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Accommodations will be provided for any child who is unable to celebrate the sacrament during the 2nd grade year.
Requirements for the First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion
Children presented for First Holy Communion must
- be baptized members of the faithful.
- be of the age of reason (considered to be age 7) or older.
- have been prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
- be enrolled at Holy Rosary Catholic School, participate in the Holy Rosary parish religious education program or participate in an approved home school program for at least one school year before reception of the Sacrament of Eucharist.
- be a registered member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
- have sufficient knowledge and careful preparation, so that they understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity and are able to receive the body of Christ with faith and devotion.
All children in Grade 2 and older who would like to celebrate the Sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion should register in Religious Education classes. An additional schedule for the Sacraments will be given out the first week of class.
In 2022-23, children wanting to make their First Communion will need to have participated in a Religious Education class of some kind the previous year.
CONFIRMATION (Grades 11 & 12)
Holy Rosary’s Confirmation Preparation Program serves juniors and seniors in high school and older who speak English or Spanish. Confirmation Preparation will primarily meet on Sundays about two times a month. We begin with a Retreat at the end of September and conclude the prep with Bishop Siegel and the reception of the Sacrament in February.
More information is sent to families through the mail the first week of August.
[more info to come]
OCIA (Order of Christian Initiation of Adults)
(formerly Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA)
Wanting to Become Catholic? Or, maybe you know someone who asks a lot of questions about the Catholic Church?
The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) is the process by which adults come into full communion with the Catholic Church. OCIA introduces adults to the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church.
Inquiry is an informal gathering of exploration about the Church that meets two days or evenings a month in the Parish Hall at Holy Rosary.
SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION
- Schedule (PDF update coming soon!)
- Registration Form (PDF update coming soon!)
Have questions about our Religious Education programs?
ENGLISH: Please contact Carol Ann Gaddis by email or phone at the parish office (812-477-8923).
ESPAÑOL: Comuníquese con Sandy Bazaldúa por correo electrónico o por teléfono en la oficina parroquial (812-477-8923).