|« Continuous education of the faith is directed not only to each Christian it accompanies on his or her march towards holiness, but also to the Christian community that matures in its intimate life of loving God and each other, and in its missionary openness towards the world. » (General directory of catechism, no. 70)|
I want to have my child baptized…
What must I do in order to be sure that I can get married in the Church…
Why must I have received confirmation in order to become a godparent…
In the concrete existence of numerous Catholics, these wishes and questions around sacraments occupy a particular place. Traditionally, the Christian community accompanies its members towards the celebration of these sacraments, thanks to a very significant preparation program. But now that Quebec schools don’t offer religious teaching anymore, the role of parishes in the preparation of children going for First Communion has become much more important.
But the celebration of sacraments is part of a much broader perspective. It is not simply about a one-off participation in ceremonies. Rather, it is a life journey. That is why, in Quebec, we prefer talking about a training towards a Christian life, rather than a preparation towards the sacraments. The expression is much richer, dynamic, inclusive.
The reference document on this subject was published in 2004 by the Quebec Assembly of Catholic Bishops. It is called: Jesus Christ, Road to Humanisation. Orientations for the Training Towards a Christian Life.
This document reminds us that many partners must work together in order to train all those baptized towards a Christian life:
- The Christian community
- The family
- The religious movements
- The places of engagement
- The public areas for learning and deliberation
- Community meeting and action groups
All these partners work together in making a meeting with Christ an integral humanization path for the community, and the rest of the world.
Many parishes in the diocese offer activities or training courses on the Christian life, such as the discovery of the Gospel, a beginner’s course on catechism, or long-term pastoral accompaniment. We invite you to visit the ‘I want to continue’ section on our website, in order to discover the many possibilities to train towards a Christian life in our diocese.
For more information, please communicate with Mrs. Suzie Arsenault, assistant pastoral services coordinator at the Diocesan Center.