Sacramental Preparation

For questions, please contact the Parish Office at 836-235-0181 or email parish@olgcnj.org.

The Sacrament of Baptism 

We welcome new life into the Church through the sacramental sign of Baptism which is celebrated the first, third, and fourth Sundays of the month.  Parents are required to attend a Baptismal Preparation Class as a way of preparing them for their child’s journey of faith.  Classes are held the second Sunday of every month at 1:15 pm in the Heritage House.  We encourage parents who wish to have their child baptized to call the parish office to schedule a date. Baptisms are held the first and third Sundays of the month at 1:30 pm.

The Sacrament of Marriage

Our parish family extends its congratulations as you prepare for your upcoming wedding and marriage.  Couples wishing to celebrate and consecrate their love in the Sacrament of Marriage are asked to call the parish office to schedule an appointment with Fr. Jack Bogacz.  Arrangements are to be made a year in advance.  At least one person must be a registered member of the parish. 

Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

Any Catholic who is seriously ill, advanced in age, or who feels the need for the comforting presence of the Church’s sacramental prayer life may be anointed.  Please contact the parish office during office hours to schedule an anointing.  In the case of an emergency, please call 856-425-0181. 

Funerals

In all cases the family should contact the funeral home directly.  They will contact the church to make arrangements.  In the rare case where there is no funeral home involved, please contact the parish office.   

Sacramental Sponsorship Certificate / Letter of Eligibility

This is a form required to be a Godparent or Sponsor for Baptism or Confirmation.  To receive this form the following requirements must by met:

*If married, be in a valid marriage according to the laws of the Catholic Church. 

*Be at least 16 years of age

*Completed the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation

*Be a registered, active participant of a parish

 The Office of Religious Education, along with our pastor, parents, teachers, and catechists, assists with the preparation and education for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation for students in OLGC School and in the parish Religious Education Program. 

The Religious Education Ministry also prepares elementary junior high and high school students for the reception of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation, as well as prepares school-age children for baptism.

Please call Dr. Linda Dix, the Director of Religious Education, 856-235-7136 or email REprogram@olgcnj.org

 

first holy communion

Preparation for First Holy Communion is a two-year process.  As primary catechists, parents have an active role in their child’s preparation.

Prior to receiving the Sacrament of Eucharist, students should have a good understanding that at Mass, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus.  At Our Lady of Good Counsel, First Eucharist is celebrated in the Spring of Grade 2.

Diocese of Trenton Guidelines – First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Preparation includes:

Family Mass / Breakfast / Meeting / Retreat

Parent Participation

  • The parish provides families with First Eucharist home activity books, as well as an interactive APP from the publisher.  Parents are encouraged to work with their child in reviewing and discussing the material.
  • Parents are encouraged to participate in weekly Mass with their child to provide a better understanding of liturgy, preparation for Eucharist, and community involvement.
  • Parents are asked to review the format for receiving the Host with their child (making a table with their hands).
  • Parents are encouraged to discuss and share stories of Jesus with their child, especially those pertaining to Eucharist (Wedding Feast of Cana, Loaves and Fishes, Last Supper, etc.)
 

first reconciliation

Preparation for First Reconciliation is a two-year process.  As primary catechists, parents have an active roll in their child’s preparation.

Prior to receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, students should have a good understanding that in the Sacrament of Reconciliation we express sorrow to God for our sins, and we are forgiven.

At Our Lady of Good Counsel, First Reconciliation is celebrated in February of Grade 2.  Preparation includes:

Family Mass / Breakfast / Meeting / Retreat Activities  

Parent Participation

  • The parish provides families with First Reconciliation home activity books, as well as an interactive APP from the publisher. Parents are encouraged to work with their child in reviewing and discussing the material.
  • Parents are asked to review the Helping hand  (Examination of Conscience) and Format for Confession with their child.
  • Parents are encouraged to discuss and share stories of Jesus with their child, especially those pertaining to forgiveness (The Forgiving Father, The Lost Sheep, Zacchaus, etc.)

CONFIRMATION

Preparation for Confirmation is a two-year process.  As primary catechists, parents have an active role in their child’s preparation. The Sacrament of Confirmation for children of catechetical age is conferred upon those who have been baptized, received the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, have been instructed in their faith and have demonstrated a capacity and willingness to participate in the life of the Church.    At Our Lady of Good Counsel, Confirmation is conferred in the Spring of eighth grade.  Preparation includes:

Diocese of Trenton Guidelines for Confirmation

Seventh Grade:

Eighth Grade:

  • Community Worship / Liturgical Ministry
  • Parent / Student Meeting and Ministry Night 
  • Retreat
  • Presentation of Books of Commitment   Book of Commitment - Confirmation 2018
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Practices:  During class time and Sunday prior to Confirmation at St. Isaac Jogues
  • Liturgy

After Confirmation:

  • Continued call to active discipleship / service