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Infants and young children
Infants and young children of registered and participating parents may be baptized at St. Gabriel. Parents must be registered at St. Gabriel for 6 months prior to scheduled baptism. Parents and godparents are required to attend a baptism class. Baptism dates are not set until all requirements are fulfilled and baptism date is confirmed through the Parish Office.
School-age children receive instruction and the sacrament of baptism during their first year of Religious Education classes. Parents and godparents are required to attend a baptism class.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is for adults seeking the sacrament of baptism. RCIA is a journey of faith formation, prayer and study. Reception into the Catholic Church normally takes place at the Easter Vigil Mass.
First Reconciliation (Confession)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is first received during the second year of Religious Education classes, and not earlier than second grade. Since parents participate in their child's preparation, they are provided with two sessions on the sacrament for their own personal development and growth, a parent meeting and a parent/student retreat.
Adults prepare for first reception of Reconciliation as a part of the RCIA program. First Reconciliation is typically received at a special RCIA retreat during the RCIA calendar year.
First Holy Communion
Children prepare to receive First Communion during the second year of Religious Education classes, and not earlier than second grade. Two years of preparation is required of all students. Both parents and students participate in the preparation and attend Mass every weekend. During the second year of Religious Education classes, there are two required sessions for parents - a parent meeting and a parent/student retreat. First Holy Communion usually takes place the first weekend in May.
Adults prepare for first reception of Reconciliation as a part of the RCIA program. First Communion is typically received at the Easter Vigil Mass.
Teens may choose to receive Confirmation after a two-year process of education, reflection, service, retreat participation, and sacramental celebration. Candidates for Confirmation must be actively practicing Catholics and actively participating in the parish Youth Ministry program. Teens are encouraged to inquire upon promotion from eighth grade about specific guidelines for Confirmation. St. Gabriel Youth Ministry uses the Life Teen program.
Adults prepare for Confirmation as a part of the RCIA program. Confirmation is typically received at the Easter Vigil Mass.
Please visit our Marriage Preparation page for detailed information about the preparation process.
Anointing of the Sick
Anyone wishing to receive Anointing of the Sick should contact the Parish Office. The sacrament of Anointing is administered on the last Friday of each month after the 12:10pm Mass.