SACRAMENTAL RITE PROGRAM

What are the premises of the Sacramental Preparation Program at MC?

Marin Catholic seeks to fulfill Christ’s great command to “make disciples of all the nations” (Mt. 28:19-20).  Students are regularly encouraged in and invited to deeper conversion. MC encourages the youth to be actively engaged in their parishes and to receive the sacraments there.  However, a portion of students encounter Christ for the first time and desire baptism because of their time at MC.  Additionally, a portion of MC students who did not receive confirmation with their parishes desire to do so after being at MC.

Marin Catholic offers sacramental preparation to teens seeking conversion and greater discipleship and who were unable to receive the Sacraments through their parish in the usual manner.


Who can receive Confirmation?
  • students who have received the Sacrament of Baptism
  • students who are NOT members of a parish offering Confirmation at their grade level
  • Usually applicable to juniors and seniors

Who can receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, 1st Communion, Confirmation)?
  • Any sophomore, junior, or senior who:
    • wants to receive the Sacraments of Initiation
    • completes the preparation program
    • has the consent of parents

What are the specifics of the Sacramental Preparation classes?

1. Confirmation Class is offered once a week during lunch or as student schedules permit.
  • Students work through the Ascension Press “Chosen” Confirmation Program (program used in other dioceses and approved by the USCCB) with the Campus Ministry leader.
  • Students study the YouCat (a teen study guide to understanding the Catechism)
  • Students meet with a Spiritual Advisor (trusted adult practicing the faith
  • Students attend a daytime Confirmation retreat
2. RCIA Class is offered once a week during the lunch or as student schedules permit.
  • Catechist uses the RCIA Catechist’s Manual as planning guide; ensures the major doctrines of the faith are covered.
  • Students receive a YouCat.  Catechist works through particular doctrines in conjunction with the YouCat.
  • Students watch the “Chosen” confirmation series
  • Fr Barron videos are used as an additional resource
  • Each student has a Spiritual Advisor (trusted adult practicing the faith)

Additional events that take place during the year include a pilgrimage to the beautiful churches of San Francisco, as well as a retreat day.  Students in the RCIA program may participate in the following rites:
  • Rite of acceptance to the catechumenate
  • Rite of sending
  • Rite of election
  • Rite of presentation of creed
  • The three scrutinies
  • Rite of recitation of creed

What is the role of the Spiritual Advisor?
  • general “check in” with the student (all areas of life:  academics, athletics, emotional well being)
  • pray with and for the student
  • introduce certain devotional prayers to the student
  • talk about prayer life; offer guidance

Who has acted as a Spiritual Advisor?
  • The theology teachers
  • the Sisters
  • Tim Navone
  • Campus Ministry
  • Monsignor

What is the role of the Sponsor?
  • Pray for the student
  • Attend Sunday Mass with the student
  • Be present for rites and the Sacraments of Initiation

Who can be a Sponsor?
  • Sponsor must be older than 16 yrs of age.  
  • Sponsor should be a person of faith who attends Sunday Mass
  • Sponsor could be the student’s Spiritual Advisor