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Sacramental Formation

So you're wondering if becoming Catholic might be right for you? Or you're already Catholic and would like to be received fully into the Church through confirmation? Or you're just looking to understand the sacrament of reconciliation (confession) a little better?

Student being baptized mission church
In his recent letter announcing the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis began by saying, "Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy." This is a starting point for understanding how you are being invited to discern God's will in your life. Sacramental Formation at SCU provides you with tools to experience your Catholic identity more fully, or to establish that identity for the first time.

Have you not celebrated your first communion and confirmaiton? Well you are a candidate for "Completion of Initiation."

All of our sacramental preparation at SCU happens in close relationship with other students and ministers. Your starting point is to contact John Michael Reyes, the director of sacramental formation in Campus Ministry. There is no set timeframe for this process.

Here are the steps you'll need to take in order to continue your formation in the Catholic faith:

  1. Weekly meetings with other students who are preparing.
  2. Sacrament of Reconciliation
  3. At the Easter Vigil:
    1. Renew Baptismal Promises
    2. Confirmation
    3. Eucharist (communion)

All of our sacramental preparation at SCU happens in close relationship with other students and ministers. Your starting point is to contact John Michael Reyes, the director of sacramental formation in Campus Ministry. There is no set timeframe for this process.

Here are the steps you'll need to take in order to become Catholic:

  1. Weekly meetings with other students who are preparing.
  2. Rite of Reception
  3. Sacrament of Reconciliation
  4. Ongoing Discernment
  5. At a Sunday Liturgy (after prayer and discernment):
    1. Renew Baptismal Promises; Profession of Faith; Reception
    2. Confirmation
    3. Eucharist (communion)

All of our sacramental preparation at SCU happens in close relationship with other students and ministers. Your starting point is to contact John Michael Reyes, the director of sacramental formation in Campus Ministry. There is no set timeframe for this process.

Here are the steps you'll need to take in order to become Catholic:

  1. Fill out this form and contact John Michael Reyes
  2. Weekly meetings with other students who are preparing.
  3. Participation and immersion in activities on and off campus surrounding prayer, service, community building and learning.
  4. Ongoing Discernment
  5. Rite of Election (typically around the first Sunday of Lent)
  6. Three scrutinies
  7. At the Easter Vigil:
    1. Baptism
    2. Confirmation
    3. First Eucharist (communion)

All of our sacramental preparation at SCU happens in close relationship with other students and ministers. Your starting point is to contact John Michael Reyes, the director of sacramental formation in Campus Ministry.

Here are the steps you'll need to take in order to be confirmed:

  1. Fill out this form
  2. Ongoing participation at Sunday Mass.
  3. Participate in confirmation classes with other SCU students.
  4. Celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the 6 p.m. Mass with Bishop Carlos Sevilla, SJ

All marriages involving at least one baptized catholic are obligated to have a catholic marriage ceremony.  Marriage is a sacrament in the Catholic Church, and a good deal of preparation is required before the wedding.

Part of this process requires that the couple participate in a Marriage Preparation Workshop, available on campus, or from your local parish. Also required is your attendance of a Natural Family Planning presentation.

All marriage documentation must be completed in consultation with your priest. Wedding Information.

Here are the steps you'll need to take in order to be married:

  1. First Meeting with Priest or Deacon
  2. FOCCUS Inventory with Priest or Deacon
  3. One of the following paths
    1. Engaged Encounter Weekend -OR-
    2. Marriage Preparation weekend workshop
  4. Assessment and decision by Priest or Deacon
  5. Instructional sessions with Priest or Deacon
  6. Liturgy planning with staff at church at which you will be married
  7. Rehearsal and Wedding Liturgy

Enjoy your engagement and remember: A wedding is a day. A marriage is a lifetime.

Open yourself to God’s mercy with this sacramental tradition. If you're interested in receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, you are welcome to come and speak with a campus minister about it, especially if this is your first time. You are also welcome to take advantage of the sacrament itself on Mondays at 11:30 am and Sundays at 8 pm in the Mission Church. The confessional is near the organ.  Reconciliation is unavailable during the summer months.

If it's been awhile since you've received the sacrament, don't be afraid of simply saying that to the priest. You don't need to have the right words in order to open yourself to God's mercy--it is always available to you through this special practice.

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