Original Order of the Sacraments of Inititation
Prior to COVID-19, many of our faithful were scheduled to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion, in that order) during the Pentecost weekend of May 30/31, 2020. Despite receiving permission to resume public Masses again, the conferral of these sacraments as originally scheduled is no longer possible. There are many candidates who require the sacraments, but there is limited capacity with regard to church space due to social distancing protocols. Therefore, Bishop Silva has given special delegation to all priests to confer the sacrament of Confirmation on the members of their respective parishes, extending from May 30 to December 31, 2020.
To accommodate the many candidates requiring Confirmation/First Communion, there will be a series of Masses at Holy Family over the course of many weeks (and perhaps months) in the Fall of 2020 (September to November) until we have completed the Confirmation/First Communion "season". At a single Mass, we may be limited to perhaps 15 to 20 persons receiving the Sacraments of Initiation. Accompanied by their sponsors and families, this may "fill" the Church space to its capacity, as allowed by social distancing.
In order to adequately schedule these Masses, I humbly ask for a parent or guardian to fill out the linked form above for each child they had enrolled in any of our preparation programs during the 2019-2020 academic year. Please note that one form must be filled out in its entirety for each child and is not recorded until the final "submit" button has been pressed. Adults who were also preparing for the sacraments may submit the registration form in their own behalf. This re-registration will help us to forecast the expected enrollment in the celebrations to come and to plan accordingly. Please submit these registration forms online by June 30, 2020. For those who may be moving over the summer, please submit the registration form as soon as possible.
I apologize for any redundancy in this process and beg your forbearance for the delay in the conferral of sacraments. I know that there are many people who were looking forward to being fully initiated into the Catholic Faith this Pentecost. My heart goes out to you.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Why do I have to register if I registered last Summer?
Sadly, we will have to say "good-bye" to some of our family and friends who will be moving this Summer. New military rotations and other changes in family life have called our current roster into question. This "re-registration" will also assist us in "filling-in" the gaps of the sacramental information that is required.
2) What if my family is moving out-of-state or off-island this Summer?
It may be possible to schedule a special Confirmation/First Communion Mass this Summer. My hope is that we could have at least one Confirmation/First Communion Mass in the Summer to support those who are moving on to new assignments and new places. If you are moving this Summer, please indicate that in the comments section of the registration form.
3) What if my child won't be enrolled at Holy Family Catholic Academy next year?
I know that many children who were going to receive First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation at Holy Family were planning to do so because they were enrolled in our Catholic Academy. Regardless of wherever any student may attend school next semester, my intent is to confer the sacraments on anyone who still desires it and was preparing for it this past year through any of our programs (presuming they're still on-island). In other words, if you were among those who would have otherwise received any of the Sacraments of Initiation during the weekend of May 30/31, 2020, this applies to you.
4) What if I no longer want to have my child receive the Sacraments of Initiation at Holy Family (for any reason)?
If you no longer require your child to receive Confirmation/First Communion at Holy Family, you need not fill out this form. I do apologize for the postponement, and ask that you contact us if there is anything else that we may do to support you in your journey of faith.
5) Why wait until the Fall?
Summer scheduling has always been challenging due to a wide variety of summer plans of our students, teachers, staff, and candidates. The Fall season provides us the structure of an academic year which helps us be "on the same schedule". This is particularly true for our students.
6) What's the next step?
After June 30, 2020, which is the date we request these online "re-registrations" be submitted by, we will evaluate the calendar for next semester and see how we can best integrate Confirmation/First Communion Masses into the schedule.
[This list will will modified as further questions arise: (last updated Sunday, May 24, 2020)]