Sacramental Preparation

As a Catholic Community, sacraments are the communal actions by which we celebrate Christ’s life. St. Anthony Parish makes every effort to provide ample opportunities for people to gather in prayer and worship and to celebrate the sacramental life that is unique to our Catholic traditions. Church law and policies of the Diocese of Helena give direction to the local church to ensure that its members are adequately instructed and prepared for the reception of the sacraments. Listed here are some requirements for sacramental preparation. Please contact the Parish office for further information.

There is always a need for volunteers to assist people in preparation for the sacraments. If you would like to be a volunteer please contact the Parish office today.

Baptism
Parent preparation classes are offered several times each year and are required for those who are anticipating the baptism of their first child. Sponsors are encouraged to attend. Baptisms are scheduled one weekend each month throughout the year with the exception of the Advent and Lenten seasons.

Marriage
Contact the parish at least six months in advance of the date you intend to be married. This will allow time for the couple to complete the required sessions for marriage preparation. This affirming process provides you with the foundations needed for a solid marriage. “A Wedding lasts a day. A Marriage lasts a lifetime”.

Catechumenate (RCIA)
(Right of Christian Initiation of Adults) Adults who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith or possibly becoming a member of the Catholic Church are invited to contact the Parish office for the schedule and outline of the preparation. The RCIA sessions begin each fall. Reception into the church takes place at the Easter Vigil.

Children Catechumenate (RCIC)
(Rite of Christian Initiation of Children)
Parents of children, at or beyond the age of reason, (7 years and older) whose children are interested in becoming full members of the Catholic Church are invited to contact the Parish office for the schedule and outline of the preparation. This is a yearlong series culminating on the Easter Vigil. In addition to the R.C.I.C. initiation process, your child is encouraged to enroll in the Religious Education Classes at St. Anthony Parish.

Confirmation
Confirmation requires two years of preparation. Classes are provided in conjunction with the High School Religious Education program and are recommended for sophomores and juniors. Programs begin each fall. Please contact the Parish office for more information.

Eucharist
First Eucharist classes are offered as part of the parish Religious Education Program at St. Anthony (Usually 2nd grade). Families should enroll their children in classes to assist them in their preparation for First Communion.

Reconciliation
First Reconciliation preparation classes are offered as part of the parish Religious Education Program at St. Anthony (Usually 2nd grade). Families should enroll their children in Religious Education classes to assist them in preparation for their First Confession.

Parish Reconciliation celebrations are offered during the Advent and Lenten seasons. Private Confession is by appointment. Please contact the Parish office for more information.

Anointing of the Sick
If you wish to celebrate this sacrament communally, it is celebrated twice during the year at special weekday Liturgies. Anointing of the Sick and Communion are available for anyone who is sick and/or homebound. Please call the parish office if you wish to receive this sacrament.