For infants and children below the age of seven, the Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the second weekend of the month (except December & March) at the 4 PM Saturday Mass, the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass, or at a Sunday noon Baptism service led by one of our Deacons.
Advance registration for the baptism date and time is required. On request, it may be possible for baptism be celebrated on some other date by individual arrangement with the pastor.
Parents participate in a Pre-Baptism preparation class (one evening). A separate advance registration is required for the class. Please contact the parish office at (952)881-8671 for more information.
First Reconciliation is ordinarily celebrated in second grade, before First Eucharist. Parents must also register their children for this preparation process. If they are registered members, they will receive an invitation in the mail in the late spring and again in the late summer, along with the First Eucharist program notice.
They attend the same parent orientation session, do faith formation activities with their children at home, and attend three "Family Evenings" of preparation. The actual celebration of First Reconciliation is usually celebrated during Lent.
First Eucharist is ordinarily celebrated in second grade, though some families wait a year or so if their child is not developmentally ready, or if some family emergency prevents their participation that year.
All registered parish families with children in second grade (or older) who have not yet celebrated First Eucharist will receive mailings inviting them to register for the program. It commences with a parent orientation.
First Eucharist is usually celebrated at the 10:30 AM Mass on the first Sunday of May.
Welcome to the Sacrament of Confirmation for the program year 2016-2017. There is a registration form for high school students wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you have children in both the Confirmation program and the Religious Education program, you will need to fill out the Religious Education registration from for any children in grades 1st – 8th.
Please call John Stute, Director of Youth Faith Formation to get the registration form mailed out to you. Confirmation class begins at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, September 7 in the Cafeteria. If you have any questions, please contact John Stute at (952)881-8671 x316 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ordinarily, for a wedding to take place at Nativity, at least one of the couple, or his/her family, must have been a member of Nativity of Mary parish for at least six months prior to beginning marriage preparation. Exceptions can sometimes be made for persons living within the canonical geographic area assigned to Nativity of Mary, or at the discretion of the pastor. Marriage preparation must begin at least six months before the date of the wedding. No wedding date is assured until it is cleared through the pastor's schedule and the church's schedule; it is prudent to do this before making arrangements for your reception or other commitments. The process begins with an intake meeting, to set the wedding date and orient the couple (see below).
The process includes a meeting with the pastor, a series of meetings with a mentor couple, and additional work done by the couple between meetings. Pre-Marriage Ministry Trained volunteer couples assist engaged couples to prepare for the sacrament of matrimony. The engaged couples are oriented to marriage practices here at Nativity, and take a professionally-scored pre-marriage inventory. A volunteer couple then helps the engaged couple to discuss and reflect upon the insights to be gained from the inventory results. As a fringe benefit, the volunteer couples find their own marriages enriched.
The following website can help with some of the many more general questions you are likely to have. Please don't hesitate to call the parish and to speak with the priest or one of the members of the staff:
Catholic Wedding Help
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is an initiation process for persons not baptized, baptized in another denomination or baptized Catholic without completing the other sacraments of initiation, who are interested in entering into full communion with the Catholic community. RCIA begins in the fall and culminates with Baptism/Confirmation/Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. Weekly meetings resume after Easter for a few weeks. Persons who were baptized in another denomination, and who have been very fully catechized and active members of that denomination, may not need a full catechetical process, and may, with the agreement of the pastor, undertake a briefer preparation process appropriate to their needs, and be received into the Catholic Church at some time other than the Easter Vigil.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC)
RCIC is a faith formation and initiation process for children, age seven or older, who are unbaptized, or who have been baptized in some other denomination and wish to become Catholic. It is similar to the RCIA, modified to meet the needs of children. They take part in catechetical formation, either as students at Nativity School, or in the weekly religious education classes. They attend additional formation classes for the RCIC group. They participate in the liturgical rites of initiation during the year along with the adults in the RCIA, with adaptations for the needs and developmental stages of the children. As with the adults in the RCIA, the process culminates in the children's baptism, confirmation and reception of First Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.