Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation are the cornerstones of All Souls Catholic School’s religious curriculum. We proudly equip our students to live a vibrant Christian life, especially as we provide them with memorable sacramental encounters with Christ. By developing and nurturing our students’ individual spirituality and commitment to service, we strive to help our youth take their place in the greater communion of the Catholic Church.
Faith Formation occurs not only in the classroom daily through traditional lessons, but is also accomplished through the entire lived reality of the school’s spiritual and social life. From a dynamic weekly Mass to daily prayers, from service projects to special fundraisers, All Souls breathes a living faith in the living God. To help ensure this, our pastor and other parish clergy are intricately involved in the daily life of the school community.
Sacramental Preparation readies students for the reception of Reconciliation (Confession), Confirmation, and First Holy Communion. Following the traditional Catholic School model, sacramental preparation occurs in the classroom setting over the course of the academic year, leading up to the reception of the sacraments in common with the wider parish community. These graced sacramental celebrations are memorable, intimate, and truly special for our students and families alike.
As part of the initiative of the Archdiocese of Denver to restore the original order of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation, All Souls is actively moving the reception of Confirmation earlier a grade level each year until 2020, at which time students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the third grade, combined with their reception of First Holy Communion.
Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance
All Souls students prepare for and participate in the first celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance—Confession—during the course of the second grade year. They are patiently helped by caring teachers and priests to experience Jesus’ gentle and life-giving forgiveness in this sacrament of mercy.
Sacrament of the Eucharist
A key element of a child’s faith formation and sacramental preparation, the reception of First Holy Communion is the crown of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation. According to the Church’s practice, the preparation for First Holy Communion takes place as children come to the “age of reason” and can more fully understand that the Sacrament of the Eucharist is the very Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. Until its reception is combined with the celebration of Confirmation in the third grade year in 2020, the parish’s celebration of the First Holy Communion Mass remains towards the end of the second grade year.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Moving into the 2016-2017 academic year, All Souls students in fifth and sixth grade will be prepared for and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. In addition to classroom lessons and activities, a confirmation class retreat designed to foster community and spiritual reflection is included as part of their sacramental preparation experience. The confirmation candidates are confirmed each spring during the Easter season by the Archbishop of Denver or his delegate.
Each year the Sacrament of Confirmation will be offered to a progressively younger grade level, until it is combined with the reception of First Holy Communion by third graders in 2020. Any student moving into the Archdiocese of Denver and All Souls School after the third grade but not already having been confirmed elsewhere will be helped to receive the sacrament in a timely manner.