Please call the parish office at 432-8711 to make arrangements for your child's baptism. Parents are asked to participate in the baptismal catechesis program prior to their child's baptism.
At St. Mark the Evangelist Parish, students are prepared for receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist (Communion) for the first time during second and third grade. Mandatory parent meetings are held during these years in conjunction with the students' First Eucharist preparation. First Eucharist is usually held during several Masses on a chosen weekend in October or May. (October for the summer school students and May for the school year students.) By diocesan direction, those students attending a Catholic school are to receive their First Eucharist in their home parish. For this reason, Catholic school students are required to attend some of the religious education classes with the public school children in preparation for receiving this sacrament for the first time.
Students spend part of their fourth grade religious education classes preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession.) This sacrament is normally administered in December for summer school students and March for school year students. By diocesan direction, those students attending a Catholic school are to receive Reconciliation in their home parish. For this reason, Catholic school students are required to attend some of the religious education classes with the public school children in preparation for receiving this sacrament for the first time. Parents and siblings are encouraged to participate in this sacrament, together with the child, to reinforce its communal nature and to present God's healing love as a family celebration. Parents are also required to attend one or more parent meetings during this year.
Students prepare for Confirmation in ninth and tenth grade. They participate in Sunday program sessions, complete 20 hours of parish and community service each year, attend youth group meetings, and attend both day (9th) and weekend (10th) retreats. Prior to Confirmation, each student is interviewed by the pastor or deacon. Those students who attend Catholic high school must also participate in the parish Confirmation program. Confirmation is celebrated in the fall of the year the student completes the above requirements.