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SACRAMENTAL GUIDELINES FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES
99. Initiation of Children of Catechetical Age
Parishes are required to implement the policies established by the Diocese of Greensburg for the initiation of children of catechetical age in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Guidelines, Diocese of Greensburg, November 1994. Copies of these guidelines are available through the Department of Education and Spiritual Formation (724-837-0901).
100. Sacrament of Baptism (for infants)
Parishes are expected to provide catechetical preparation for parents, the candidate’s siblings, godparents and liturgical assemblies for infant Baptism. This sacramental catechesis flows from the liturgical rite and draws on the signs and symbols used in the Rite of Baptism. Preparation for infant Baptism also should include catechesis on the role of the Christian family and the rights and responsibilities parents accept in presenting their child for Baptism.
101. Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist
Parishes are required to implement the policies, guidelines, and catechetical approaches established by the Diocese of Greensburg in Journey of a Lifetime: Celebrating Confirmation, First Eucharist and Reconciliation, 1996 for reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation and first reception of Holy Communion. Copies of these guidelines are available through the Department of Education and Spiritual Formation (724-837-0901).
102. Sacrament of Reconciliation
Parishes must implement the policies, guidelines and catechetical approaches established by the Diocese of Greensburg in Journey of a Lifetime: Celebrating Confirmation, First Eucharist and Reconciliation, 1996 for reception of the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Parishes are expected to provide ongoing catechesis on the sacrament of Reconciliation for adults, youth and children on a regular basis. Such sacramental catechesis on the Rite of Penance occurs at various times in the liturgical life of the parish (i.e. sacramental preparation sessions, Lent, parish missions, etc.) and suited to the maturation and needs of the participants (i.e. middle childhood, younger and older adolescence, young adulthood, etc.). Catechesis for Reconciliation is to include catechesis on the liturgical rite, sin (personal and social) and contrition, conversion and forgiveness.