Baptism: Infants & Young Children
To make arrangements to have a child baptized, contact Julia Gonzalez in the Parish Office, 317.253.2193 or [email protected]
Infants and young children are baptized almost every Saturday of the year, except during the season of Lent. Baptisms are celebrated at 12:30 pm in Spanish and 12:00 pm in English. Those who seek baptism for their infant or young child (for children 7 years of age or younger) must attend a baptismal preparation session and be a registered member of St. Monica Church. Baptism can also be scheduled at certain weekend Masses. Get started by calling Julia Gonzalez in the Parish Office.
Baptism: Adults & Children over 7 years
Unbaptized adults and children (over the age of 7 years) are prepared for the sacrament of baptism through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, also know as the RCIA. To learn more about the RCIA, contact Anne Corcoran, Pastoral Associate - and also see the RCIA pages of our website: Becoming Catholic and This Week in RCIA.
First Communion and First Reconciliation for Children
Preparation for both of these sacraments is included in the SECOND GRADE of Sunday School or the second grade religion classes in St. Monica School. Students must be baptized Catholic and have completed one full year of religious education prior to second grade in order to begin sacramental preparation. First Reconciliation is celebrated in the fall of the second grade year; first Communion is also celebrated with second graders, on the final weekend of April. Parents of second graders will be asked to attend information evenings to learn all the details. If a child has not had a full year of religious education, or if a child is already past second grade, then Mary Jo Thomas Day, DRE will help the child's family know "how to" register their child for sacramental preparation for these two sacraments.
The parents of any child from second grade through eighth grade should contact Mary Jo Thomas Day, DRE for more information.
Any adult or youth older already past the 8th grade of school, who still needs one or both of these two sacraments, should contact Anne Corcoran: the preparation for one or both of these sacraments for teens and adults is done through the RCIA.
Adults and any unbaptized child of seven years or older will receive the sacrament of Confirmation at the same time as their Baptism and First Communion: the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist form a unity; together they are known as the Sacraments of Initiation. Adults, youth who have completed 8th grade, or unbaptized youth of 7 plus years are all prepared for Confirmation through the RCIA. To get started contact Anne Corcoran, Pastoral Associate.
For children who are baptized Catholic, Confirmation preparation will begin in the 7th grade religion classes in the School or Sunday School - and the preparation continues into the fall of 8th grade. Confirmation is in the fall of their 8th grade year of School or Sunday School. Parents of 7th graders will automatically be invited to a Parent Information Night. If a child has not completed the necessary time in religious education or needs special assistance in any way, Mary Jo Thomas Day, DRE can help.
Weddings at St. Monica should be scheduled a year in advance with the sacramental preparation beginning at least six months prior to the date of wedding. Those interested in being married at St. Monica must be registered parishioners.