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OFFICE OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

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352.4421

Religious Education | Youth Works | Family Works Program | Sacramental Programs
 Reconciliation |Confirmation and First Eucharist  | To register for preparation
Before celebrating the Sacrament
| R.C.I.A.

Religious Education

Faith Formation Programs – Family faith formation is provided through a variety of spiritual, social, service and educational activities for grades K – 12.  The Saint Ann Program of Family Works is a main stay of our religious education program.  This program brings together a multi-generational group of families and community members to foster our faith and spirituality. 

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Youth Works

Our parish approach to youth ministry is service and fellowship based. Throughout the year our students in grades 7-12 choose service projects to work on as a group throughout our parish and community. The group also has the opportunity to take part in many Diocesan events in which they interact with their catholic peers.

If you missed registration or would like more information, please call the Office of Religious Education 231.352.4421

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Family Works Program

St. Ann Parish hosts a intergenerational family based catechism program. Each session is theme and activity based. We gather the first Sunday of each month from October thru April for food, faith and fellowship.  Registration and an information meeting will be held on Catechetical Sunday in the month of September.

If you missed registration or would like more information, please call the Office of Religious Education 231.352.4421

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SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMS

Sacramental Preparation

The Diocese of Gaylord has instituted restored order in the reception of sacraments.

Students beginning in the second grade have the opportunity to prepare for reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist. There is a series of preparation sessions that students must attend with their parents along with being members of the Family Works Program.

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation celebrates the fact that we can be forgiven at all times.  It is the outward sign by which we celebrate an always merciful, forgiving God and how we renew our relationship with Him and His people. 

Reconciliation is a sacrament of continuing growth-in closeness to God and deepening oneness with our community.  The candidate of this sacrament needs awareness that he/she has caused disharmony (sin) and needs to ask for forgiveness. 

Preparation will NOT take place during regular religious formation sessions.  Each year the parish will provide specific preparation sessions for parent(s) and candidate.  These sessions are designed to support, educate and provide materials so the parent(s) of the candidate can properly assist in their child’s preparation and celebration of the sacrament.

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Confirmation and First Eucharist

St. Ann Parish has returned to Restored Order concerning the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. An increasing number of diocese in the United States, including the Diocese of Gaylord, are adopting a restored order policy for the celebrations of Confirmation and Eucharist. This means, quite simply, that it becomes standard policy for Catholics who were baptized in infancy to receive Confirmation before First Communion, not after. This means that both Sacraments are celebrated at the same Mass. For more information, please contact the Office of Religious Education.

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To register for preparation for the Sacrament of First Eucharist, Reconciliation and/or Confirmation, a member of St. Ann Catholic Church must:

  1. submit a formal request for the Sacrament or Sacraments they are seeking. 

  2. be an active member of St. Ann Catholic Church or other Catholic parish.

  3. be in second grade or be 7 years of age.

  4. present a copy of Baptismal Certificate if not baptized at St. Ann’s.

  5. attend Sacramental Preparation sessions.

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Before celebrating the Sacrament of Eucharist, Reconciliation and/or Confirmation a candidate must have: 

  1. participate with parent and/or sponsor and successfully completed the Preparation Program and home study portions of the preparation.
  2. had an interview with the pastor  and the Religious Education Coordinator. 
  3. had their First Reconciliation.

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)

This program is designed for those who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith, those who may thought about becoming Catholic, and those who have been baptized and are now interested in receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. This program meets weekly and is based around the participants. Consider this your invitation to join us Catholic or not. It is a spiritual journey worth taking.

Registration is necessary for participation.

For more information or to receive a registration form by mail, contact the parish office at 231.352.4421

Director of Faith Formation

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