Each time we receive a sacrament, we respond in a fresh way to Jesus' call to discipleship. Therefore, the decision to receive a sacrament belongs to the individual. However, in the case of children, readiness to receive the sacrament is discerned by the child in concert with his/her parents and the priests of the parish. Careful preparation, catechesis, and prayerful attention to growth in faith must precede the decision to receive a sacrament for the first time.
Accordingly, the parish provides programs for preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation and Matrimony. Policies and programs which meet diocesan and parish requirements for the reception of individual sacraments are summarized in this section.
Baptism of Infants and Young Children
Parents must be registered at St. Theresa and active in the sacramental life of the parish.
Registration is expected in advance of Baptism Preparation Sessions.
Parents must participate in two Baptism Preparation Sessions.
Diocesan guidelines for Godparents must be followed.
Baptisms are celebrated during scheduled liturgies throughout the year.
For information, please contact: Sheila Mosser @ 352-683-2849
or e-mail her below:
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Family should be registered at St. Theresa Catholic Church.
Family should participate in parish life, particularly regular attendance at the weekend liturgies.
Children must at least be entering the second grade to begin preparation.
Children and Families must participate in the Faith Formation program or attend a Catholic School during the current year sacrament preparation.
Children must prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to First Eucharist Preparation.
To register, please contact: Mary Chapman
Teenagers Becoming Catholic
If you are between 14 and 19 years of age, please sign up for RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). Classes are held on Wednesday Evenings. We begin in September and continue until the Easter Vigil.
For information please contact: Mary Chapman