Children receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist in the second grade, and Confirmation in the eighth grade. Parents must attend a sacramental preparation meeting in the Fall at which presentations are made on the theology of the sacrament, the preparation program, the involvement of the families, etc. Special sessions will be arranged for students who have not been prepared for Reconciliation or Eucharist and are older than the second grade, or students who have not been confirmed and are older than eighth grade. Please notify the Religious Education Office in these cases.
STUDENTS MUST BE CURRENTLY ENROLLED AND ACTIVE IN A SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF FORMAL RELIGION CLASSES TO BE ADMITTED TO THE SACRAMENTS.
BAPTISM OF CHILDREN
We joyfully celebrate the Baptism of the children of parents that have active registration in our parish community. Parents are asked to call the Parish Office at 630-530-8515 for information on the parent preparation meeting and to schedule a date for Baptism. Baptism is celebrated twice a month on scheduled Sundays at 1:00pm. We do not celebrate Baptisms during Lent.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available each Saturday Afternoon, 4:00pm-4:45pm, in the Church and the first Friday of the month after the 6:15am Mass. The priests are available during the week by appointment. Reconciliation services are held seasonally throughout the year.
Formation for children coming for the first time to the Table of the Lord is incorporated into the efforts of Immaculate Conception Grade School and Religuous Education Program, and is a two year process. Generally children will celebrate this sacrament in the Spring of their second grade year.
We welcome the young adults of our community into a deepening of their commitment and involvement with their faith community through the Sacrament of Confirmation. Formation is a two-year process compoleted in eighth grade. Please call the Religious Education Office at 630-530-5262 for more information. At Immaculate Conception Parish, the Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in the eighth grade year. All students must have been enrolled in two consecutive years of religious education if they want to be confirmed in eighth grade. (i.e. student must have been enrolled in a 7th grade religious education program at IC or another parish.) All eighth graders, both in the RE and at our parish grade school, are confirmed together in the spring of their eighth grade year. Please contact Josephine Bastianoni for any further questions, concerns, or special situations such as homeschooling, transfers, and/or special need students.
Requirements for Confirmation:
- Full attendance throughout 8th grade at RE or at GS
- Presence at extra meetings this year
- All about Me & Who Influences Me reports in the Fall
- Attendance at Confirmation Retreat Day
- Confirmation Interview Letter of intent
- 16 hours of works of mercy service completed during the 8th grade year - along with the previous years of service hours completed.
Scheduling for ceremonies must be made six (6) months in advance. Please call our rectory to schedule your wedding at (630)-530-8515. Also, please visit our Sacrament of Marriage page for more specific information.
Those seeking assistance in discerning a call to ordained ministry are encouraged to call the parish office at 630-530-8515. Additional information is available through the Joliet Diocesan Vocation Office. We pray for a greater number of vocations to ordained life.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Communal opportunities for Anointing are offered throughout the year at the parish, after specific Saturday and/or Sunday liturgies. Anointing of the Sick is always available by request. Those entering the hospital are encouraged to receive this sacrament prior to entering the hospital.
Funerals are celebrated as the need arises. The funeral director will contact the parish regarding arrangements. A Bereavement Minister assists families in planning the Mass of Christian Burial.