Join our Sacramental Prep Teams!
Over the past years, we've had to scale back some of our sacramental offerings at the parish due to the pandemic. However, we are keen to try something new in the form of online immediate sacramental preparation, coupled with support and accompaniment from our parish community. We need your help to make it happen though! Please see some brief descriptions of each team below.
If you, or someone you know, are interested in volunteering to join our sacramental preparation teams for Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Communion, or Confirmation, please fill out the form and we'll be in touch soon!
Baptismal Preparation Team
Our baptismal preparation team is responsible for welcoming and interacting with families who present their children for baptism. They are one of the first points of contact that families will have at the parish!
Baptismal preparation team members are tasked with reaching out to parents and supporting them through the weeks and months leading up to their child's baptism. This includes encouraging active participation and attendance at the parish as well as supporting families as they journey through the online preparation resource 'Belonging: Baptism in the Family of God' (Ascension Press)'.
Each year, St. Paul typically baptizes ~100 infants. However, too often families don't see themselves as members of the community. We need you to help these families make their home at St. Paul.
The commitment is estimated to be an hour or two a week. Team roles involve keeping in touch with families throughout the preparation process and setting up for baptisms. All volunteers for this ministry will need to be screened by our parish screening team.
First Reconciliation & First Eucharist
Sacramental Preparation Team
Our sacramental preparation team for First Reconciliation and Eucharist is responsible for accompanying families as they complete the online preparation programs. This includes support for family preparation activities/crafts and being a resource for when families may have questions. The sacramental preparation team is an important support system for families as they raise their children in the faith and help families feel at home at the parish.
The team is also responsible for coordinating and setting up times for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, which will take place at various times throughout the year.
The commitment is estimated to be an hour or two a week. All volunteers for this ministry will need to be screened by our parish screening team.
Confirmation Preparation Team
Our sacramental preparation team for Confirmation play a crucial part in a young person's life as they journey to become fully initiated into the Church.
One of the key aspects of Confirmation are small groups of youth called Connect Groups (that will meet either online or in-person) where those preparing for Confirmation will discuss some of their biggest questions about life and faith! Connect groups are places where our youth will get to know other youth who are also preparing to be confirmed and to grow in their relationship with Christ, while being mentored by faith witnesses who will accompany and encourage them along the way.
The Confirmation Preparation Team consists of Connect Group leaders (2-3 per group) who will attest to the readiness of each youth to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
The commitment is estimated to be 2-3 hrs every few weeks. All volunteers for this ministry will need to be screened by our parish screening team.