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Welcome to our Cluster Parishes of Portsmouth & Chesapeake website. Please feel free to explore and learn more about each of our four parishes and our wide range of ministries. Our Cluster provides a welcoming Christ-centered environment for everyone who desires to follow the teaching of Jesus Christ by offering the Sacraments and Scriptures under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We want to welcome you not only to our website but also to our churches.
We want you to know we are here to support you and your loved ones through our prayer and action.
Christian Formation Registration Underway
Registration for the 2016-2017 Christian Formation Classes will begin the weekend of August 20-21, 2016. Registration forms are available by the main doors of all parishes, or you may register online by clicking the appropriate link above. Classes for all Children and Youth will begin on Sunday, September 25th. Registration fees are $30.00 per child.
Faith Formation and Sacramental Programs
Our program is intended for faith formation and not just sacramental preparation. The program is designed for continuity and the curriculum provides a complete and comprehensive presentation of doctrine, scripture, morality, prayer and sacraments. Skipping of years in between sacraments does not allow for adequate preparation.
First Reconciliation & First Communion Guidelines
Following Diocesan guidelines, children begin their preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion when they enter the 2nd grade.” Students in both public and Catholic schools attend this yearlong preparation in the parish Christian Formation program. The Reconciliation and Eucharist Program includes: parent information and formation meetings, classroom instruction and celebration of the first reception of the sacraments.
Confirmation Sacramental Preparation Guidelines
Confirmation Preparation takes place during the formation year in which the youth is to be Confirmed. The Confirmation Preparation Program takes place separately from Christian Formation. Students may be confirmed if they are currently in at least their 10th grade year of school. Non-Confirmed Catholic school students in their 10th grade year or higher may register for Confirmation Preparation only and do not pay the $30 Life Teen fee, unless they plan to attend Life Teen. Confirmation Preparation for ALL students is billed in January.
Following Diocesan Guidelines, students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation should also be enrolled in the Parish Christian Formation program (Life Teen) unless they attend Catholic School. Celebration of the Sacrament will take place at a time and date to be specified by the Diocese and additional information will be provided when available.
All questions regarding Children’s Formation (PreK-5th grade), First Reconciliation and First Communion preparation should be addressed to Kristi Harriman, Religious Education Leader for Children, at email@example.com or 484-7335.
All questions regarding Youth Formation (6th-12th grade) and Confirmation preparation should be addressed to Sharon Katzman, Director of Youth Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 484-7335.
Ten Minute Bible Study
Ascension Press and The Great Adventure Bible Study Series present Ten Minute Bible Studies. Take ten minutes per day to immerse yourself in scripture and learn more about God’s great plan of salvation through Christ. Click here to sign up for the free program.