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Marin Catholic launches new sacramental prep program

January 23, 2015
Sister Miriam

One exciting development this year at Marin Catholic High School has been the implementation of its new sacramental preparation program for students who want to be baptized into the Catholic faith or to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.

With opportunities to encounter Christ, such as retreats, Mass, and eucharistic adoration, students are drawn to him and desire the grace of the sacraments. In the last couple of years, the number of students asking to be baptized or to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church has increased.

Marin Catholic encourages youth to be actively engaged in their parishes and to receive the sacraments there. However, a portion of students seeking greater conversion and discipleship are unable to receive the sacraments through the parishes in the usual manner. The preparation program at Marin Catholic complements and enriches topics already present in theology classes.

Students meet once a week to delve deeper into the tenets of the Apostle’s Creed, to prepare themselves for the graces of the sacraments, and to enter more deeply into the spiritual life. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process has a number of rites which will be celebrated within the Marin Catholic community. The first of these rites was the rite of acceptance to the catechumenate which took place at the schoolwide Immaculate Conception Mass on Dec. 8. The sacraments of initiation will be celebrated by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone at St. Patrick’s parish in Larkspur May 25. 

Marin Catholic is proud of these young students for seeking deeper union with Christ in such a tangible and public way. The school community offers its prayerful encouragement and support. 

Sister Miriam of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, who teaches chemistry at Marin Catholic, is on the campus ministry team. She leads the sacramental preparation program, coordinates the high school liturgy choir, and leads retreats.

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