ministries

Faith Formation: Sacrament Preparation

Your child's sacramental preparations are necessary for their faith formation. Below, please find details regarding First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation at Saint Kilian Parish.

Questions? Please contact Mary French, Director of Faith Formation, at mfrench@saintkilian.org or 724-625-1665 x.2122.



First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

At Saint Kilian Parish, First Communions occur at weekend Masses during the Easter Season.

Parents will be able to request First Communion and First Reconciliation dates beginning November 11, 2020 - a link to do so will be posted here at that time.

Sacramental Information
Important Dates
  • Parent Meeting - Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in the Parish Church from 6:15pm to 7:00pm. 
  • First Reconciliation Prep - Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm or Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. 
  • First Reconciliation Prep for SKPS Students - January 27, 2020 or February 3, 2020 after Monday Mass.
  • First Eucharist Prep - Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm or Monday, March 16, 2020 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. 
  • First Eucharist Prep for SKPS students will be Monday, March 23, 2020 or Monday, March 30, 2020, after Mass. 
  • First Reconciliation - February 4, 2020 at 6:30pm or February 11, 2020 at 6:30pm.
  • First Eucharist - Saturdays: April 18, 25 and May 2, 2020 at both the 4:00pm and 5:30pm Masses | Sundays: April 19, 26 and May 3, 2020 at both the 10:00am and 12:00pm Masses.  
Questions?

Please contact Mary French at Saint Kilian Parish at 724-625-1665 x. 2122.



Confirmation in the Catholic Church

At Saint Kilian Parish, the Sacrament of Confirmation occurs for Year 2 students in the Spring, who have completed both Year 1 and Year 2 of Confirmation preparation. The date of Confirmation is usually announced in December or January by the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Parents are emailed once we receive that date. The Rite of Confirmation does not include a Mass and usually lasts 90 minutes or less. Confirmation preparation each year for all students registered for any Year 1 or Year 2 option will include elements of service as well as Catholic encounters, participation in the SKY youth group, and Catholic Vision of Love (CVOL) lessons. Specific details about programming can be found with the registration options available to these students; Our Faith on Fire! Confirmation or Our Faith on Fire! Summer.
*Note: For more information regarding the sacrament of Confirmation, click here.

Service for Year 1 and Year 2 Confirmation

Service activities are directed toward performing Corporal Works of Mercy, in fellowship with other volunteers. These works include; feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick, visiting prisoners, burying the dead, giving alms to the poor.

A service element should be a part of Confirmation preparation for students enrolled in both the Year 1 and Year 2 Confirmation programs. Students are strongly encouraged to complete at least 2 different service projects or activities each school year. The idea is to 'go out' into the community to serve in some way, alongside other volunteers. All Service Activities should be completed by Easter.

There are many options available to you in which you could perform some sort of service. Look carefully at the various service activities planned through SKY. If you attend these and participate, you may count each separate SKY meeting (that completes some sort of service work) as one of your service events. SKY offers both service and social events, please refer to the SKY calendar of events and plan accordingly if you are looking for service opportunities.

Additionally, there are many other ways that you can volunteer and perform service. Suggestions will be emailed to you after registration but you are encouraged and welcome to come up with your own! Check with the Faith Formation offices for clarification on any outside service event if you are not sure that it meets the standards set for Confirmation. Here are some good examples of what would count toward service:

  1. Rosecrest Assisted Living – spend an hour on Thursdays with residents. Activities are provided
  2. St. Vincent de Paul, Butler—work in stockroom
  3. The Lighthouse Foundation – stock supplies
  4. Kilian Cupboard Fellowship dinners – Prep or serve, signup online
  5. The Saint Kilian Fish Fry – MANY opportunities to volunteer
  6. The Saint Kilian Parish School Celtic Way 5K in the fall has 3 days where volunteers are needed
  7. Family Fun Day for special needs families, put on by Cranberry Township
  8. Special Olympics volunteer
Catholic Encounters for Year 1 and Year 2 Confirmation

Catholic Encounters are events or devotions that bring you into the life of the Church. As you approach your Confirmation, it is important to become a member of your Catholic community and contribute in some way to the Body of Christ. The purpose of this element of Confirmation preparation is to bring you into contact with the various ways that we express our Faith as Catholics, through traditions, devotions, sacramentals, and more. Opportunities for Catholic Encounters are numerous and are not limited to what happens here at Saint Kilian Parish.

Year 1 and Year 2 Confirmation students are encouraged to complete 2 Catholic Encounters by Easter per school year.

The following are some examples of excellent Catholic Encounters, but there are so many more:

  1. Stations of the Cross
  2. Visiting a National Shrine or a Basilica
  3. Attending a Catholic program, workshop, or lecture with a qualified guest speaker
  4. Visiting travelling relics
  5. Attending a retreat
  6. Going on a pilgrimage
  7. Participation in a healing Mass
  8. Participation in a group Catholic bible study
  9. Attending the March for Life with a group
  10. Visiting the relics at Troy Hill
  11. Attending a Festival of Praise
  12. Attending Adoration for a minimum of 30 minutes
  13. Attend an Ordination ceremony
  14. Attend a Chrism Mass
  15. Take a Mission trip
  16. Join and participate in a prayer group
  17. Attend "The Silver Ring Thing"
Important Dates
  • Year 2 Confirmation Parent Meeting - TBA