After two years of religious instruction, baptized children of St. Ambrose parish normally celebrate First Reconciliation. The parish provides opportunities for understanding the nature of Reconciliation beginning in the earliest grades. Since parents, along with parish catechists, are primarily responsible for the child's religious education, a program is provided for parents of children preparing to receive the sacrament. First Reconciliation is celebrated on the first Saturday in February.
First Eucharist is celebrated at least three months after the celebration of First Reconciliation. The parish provides opportunities for understanding the nature of Eucharist beginning in the earliest grades. A program designed to deepen parents' understanding of Eucharist and to assist them in preparing their children is provided. First Eucharist is celebrated on the first Sunday in May.
Youth who have been baptized and received First Eucharist complete their initiation into the Catholic Church through the celebration of Confirmation. In addition to participation in the CCD program through grade 8, candidates are required to attend separate Confirmation classes. The sacrament of Confirmation is normally received by 8th and 9th grade students and is scheduled every other year in the fall.
Rite of Christian Initiation (R.C.I.A. - R.C.I.C.)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is a formation process for adults, 18 years of age and older, who wish to become Catholic. The R.C.I.C. is for children in the third grade and older who have not been baptized or celebrated their first Eucharist.
Sessions begin in the fall of each year, and are held in the rectory or church hall for learning, faith sharing and fellowship. The culmination of these programs is at the Easter Vigil, when we celebrate the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. If you or someone you know may be interested in becoming Catholic and being involved in the R.C.I.A. or R.C.I.C., please contact the parish office.
Couples desiring to be married at St. Ambrose are required to attend sessions with the pastor and a Sponsor Couple. Sponsor Couples are married parishioners who work with engaged couples to prepare for their life together in marriage.