Sacred Heart of Jesus American National Catholic Church, Kearny, will launch a bilingual English-Spanish preparation program for those seeking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Anyone looking to further their faith who has received the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist is welcome to participate.
The Sacrament of Confirmation marks the passing to maturity in faith by the invocation of and reception of the Holy Spirit upon the candidate by a presiding bishop.
The program will consist of six classes, beginning Sunday, March 13, at 11:15 a.m. and the remaining classes will take place March 20, 27, April 3, 24 and May 1. The sacrament will be administered by the bishop at his next pastoral visit. All sessions will take place at the church, 380 Kearny.
Attendance at all sessions is expected. Classes will be conducted by the Rev. Bernardo Cardona and Pamela Catalano. Parents, partners and sponsors are encouraged to sit in on classes.
The parish worships every Sunday in worship space shared with Grace United Methodist Church, with Mass at 12:30 p.m. The parish is served by both English and Spanish-speaking priests.
To register for the classes, come to Sunday Mass prior to March 13 and speak to any of the priests or Catalano.
The American National Catholic Church is an inclusive Catholic community, independent of the Roman Catholic Church, dedicated to making the world a more caring place. Guided by a presiding bishop, the ANCC celebrates the same sacraments as the Roman Church and follows the spirit of reform initiated by the Second Vatican Council.
Although sharing core theological and liturgical practices with Roman Catholicism, the ANCC differs on several major points, such as in allowing married clergy, female priests, divorce and re-marriage, same-sex marriage and lay leadership.
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