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“If you love me, you will keep my commandments” - Jn 14:15
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Sacramental Ministries

Baptism Preparation

Couples who have had their children Baptized are invited to share their Faith with parents and godparents of babies about to be baptized. They attend the Baptism Preparation class held on the second Sunday of the month and assist with the Baptisms which are held on the third Sunday of the month.

Contact: Fr. Colarusso at pastor@stathanasiusreading.org or 781-944-0330 ext. 14
Deacon Neil Sumner deaconneil@stathanasiusreading.org


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, RCIA, is the  process by which adults come into the Catholic Church.  This includes both those who are unbaptized and those who have been baptized, either as Roman Catholics or as members of another Christian community, but who have not received further catechetical formation or instruction. These individuals typically have also not received the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.  Additionally, we adapt the rite for children who were not baptized as infants but  who have reached the age of reason, usually 7 years old and older.   The RCIA process generally runs from the Fall until Pentecost, 50 days after Easter.   RCIA candidates typically receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil. 

St. Athanasius conducts the RCIA program jointly with St. Agnes (Reading), meeting each week on Tuesday evenings, alternating monthly at each church.  The RCIA team is made up of members of both congregations, including RCIA “alumni.”

Contact :Fr. Colarusso at pastor@stathanasiusreading.org 781-944-0330 ext 14 or Roc O'Connell, RCIA Coordinator roc@rocnplaysets.com 781-944-3106


Eucharist Ministry to the Homebound

Volunteers serve those unable to come to Mass to receive the Eucharist by bringing the Eucharist to them. Visits are made to Wingate three Fridays a month. You do not have to be a Eucharistic Minister at Mass to bring the Eucharist to the homebound.

Contact: Fr. Colarusso pastor@stathanasiusreading.org or 781-944-0330 ext 14


Confirmation

Confirmation Religious Education is a two year program to help prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation. The program teaches the candidates on how Christianity is part of your daily life. The classes meet about twice a month on Sunday from 12pm-2pm. The candidates are expected to attend Mass regularly, actively participate at class, complete 2 community service activities, 2 parish service activities, attend a soup kitchen, attend a retreat each year, write a letter to the pastor, interview with their facilitator, and strive to understand and embrace the doctrines, morality, sacraments and the rituals of the Catholic Church.

Confirmation I session will have a speaker that speaks about the given topic and then we break into small groups to share our faith.  A facilitator you will lead the small group in discussion on the given topic. Materials will be given to the teacher to help lead the discussion. Teachers are also responsible for attendance of class and Mass, calling candidates to remind them about class, tracking the completion of service projects, interviewing students before they are confirmed, and taking their class into St. Paul’s soup kitchen.

Confirmation II is direct preparation for the sacrament. The students use the book “Confirmed in the Spirit”. The classes include a large group activity and lessons in the classroom. They have a full day retreat run by our parish team, but the retreat is held at another parish.  As a facilitator you will teach the chapter lesson with the guidance of the teacher manual. Teachers are also responsible for attendance of class, calling candidates to remind them about class, tracking the completion of service projects, interviewing students before they are confirmed, and taking their class into St. John’s soup kitchen. Confirmation candidates will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the spring following the two year program.

Contact:Jo-Ann Rossi at dre@stathanasiusreading.org or 781-944-0330 ext. 14


First Communion

Students in Grade 2 work with a Reconciliation Booklet and the Silver Burdett & Ginn series of “We Celebrate the Eucharist”. Jesus’ message of compassion and service is stressed throughout all grade levels as each individual class adopts a service project where the children and their families reach out and serve those less fortunate than themselves as they physically do something to help out in a community or beyond in an outreach effort. We feel that this in an important component of their Religious Ed experience as they learn about the need and responsibility to be socially just people who are called to serve and share. Large group sessions of Church Seasons, secular themes with a tie in to Christian themes, Workshops, Stations of the Cross, etc. are led for each grade level by the program’s coordinator, and/or the grade level’s Lead teacher

The 2nd graders meet weekly on our Parish Campus as they prepare to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. There are 4 Parent meetings on the 2nd grade level of the program which all Parents must attend as an important piece of their children’s religious education experience. The children come together in a large group setting for a Reconciliation and Eucharist workshop and a Liturgy workshop during their Religious Ed year. First Communions are celebrated in late April and early May.

Contact:Jo-Ann Rossi at dre@stathanasiusreading.org or 781-944-0330 ext. 14


The Light is on for You

The invitation to experience Christ’s love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the major initiatives of Cardinal Seán and the Archdiocese in 2010. The Light is on For You initiative highlights the importance of this sacrament in the life of Catholics and increases its availability, hoping that every Catholic will visit this source of God’s mercy and healing love. The Archdiocese launched The Light is on For You in Lent 2010 and has continued the initiative every subsequent Advent and Lent.

For more information visit, www.TheLightIsOnForYou.org, which has material to help with personal preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please make plans to come and invite others to take advantage of this great opportunity to be reconciled with and begin anew a journey in faith.


Wedding Rehearsal

The Wedding Rehearsal Ministry contacts the couple prior to the wedding rehearsal to introduce ourselves, clarify what they need to bring to the rehearsal, ask a few questions about the wedding (about how many in the wedding party, if there are any special family situations we should know about (mom's, stepmothers', for example), remind them to bring the wedding license (most important!), and see if there is a unity candle, programs, etc.. We usually have them bring those things to the wedding and then we keep them in the sacristy and bring them out for the wedding.

Contact: Anne Colorusso


 
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