Apart from marriage, the baptism of a child is one of the most grace-filled moments in the life of a family.
Baptism in the Family of God prepares families for the beautiful sacrament of baptism, while reminding them of who they are as God’s children and the significance of their vocation.
Baptism in the Family of God is designed to provide parents with an incredible encounter with Jesus and with the Church. This program will prepare parents to have their children baptized. Parents will learn what it means to be children of God and that in the Church, they will always have a place where they belong. Through hospitality, flexible sessions and home visit with host couple or an adaptable classroom setting seeks to change our very approach to Baptismal preparation.
Contact the parish office for more information on baptism requirements, dates, and more.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Confession will be available in the Adoration Chapel on Saturdays from 4 to 4:30 pm. Please enter through the Main Sanctuary where an usher will direct you to the Chapel Door for Confession.
Or Offer an Act of Contrition
- To learn more about the Church’s teaching on contrition, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
- Read Pope Francis’ remarks on the significance of making a perfect act of contrition during this time of COVID-19.
- Read this article from National Catholic Reporter for additional information about how to make an Act of Contrition
- Examination of Conscience for Children
- Examination of Conscience for Young Adults
- Examination of Conscience for Single People
- Examination of Conscience for Married Persons
If you are looking for information regarding First Eucharist and First Reconciliation, please see the First Eucharist page.
The children will be prepared to receive this sacrament through their Faith Formation group.
First Eucharist and Reconciliation Preparation
The Eucharist is a gift that is given to the child as they grow in their faith. Our Pflaum Gospel Weeklies “Together in Jesus” prepares the child to receive this gift through faith formation groups and retreats. First Reconciliation and First Communion normally happen in 2nd grade. A child must have completed First grade faith formation or Catholic school with good attendance to be eligible for these sacraments.
First Communion will be made up of 3 classes plus a retreat. (These will be in person unless pandemic restrictions force it to be on Zoom) Classes will be scheduled on weeknights in March and April. A parent is expected to attend with their child.
First Reconciliation will be made up of 3 classes plus a retreat. (These will be in person unless pandemic restrictions force it to be on Zoom) Classes will be scheduled on weeknights in January and February. A parent is expected to attend with their child.
First Reconciliations may be received on January 16, 23, and 30 in 2021. Or you may arrange for an appointment by calling the office 770-416-0002.
The children will be prepared to receive this sacrament through their Faith Formation group.
There is not a separate registration for this group, but you do need to express your interest in your faith formation registration.
Important Dates for 2020-2021 School Year
- Reconciliation Retreat
Saturday, January 9, 2021
- First Reconciliations
Saturday, January 16, 23, & 30, 2021
- First Communion Retreat
Saturday, April 24, 2021
- First Communion Rehearsal
Saturday, May 1, 2021
- First Communion
Sunday, May 2, 2021
11:00 am Mass
Please contact Barb Garvin, Director of Faith Formation, using the form below:
“Confirmation is a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit like that of Pentecost. This outpouring impresses on the soul an indelible character and produces a growth in the grace of Baptism. It roots the recipient more deeply in divine sonship, binds him more firmly to Christ and to the Church and reinvigorates the gifts of the Holy Spirit in his soul. It gives a special strength to witness to the Christian faith.”
From the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church #268
The Sacrament of Confirmation confers a permanent (indelible) mark on the soul of the recipient, gifting the recipient with the fullness of God’s seven-fold Gifts, which in turn produce great fruits in the soul of the believer (see below).
Normally in our diocese, children receive this Sacrament in or around 10th grade. In order to receive Confirmation, if students are not in our Catholic Schools system, they must attend two full years of religious instruction in our parish’s LifeTeen program. Adults who did not receive this Sacrament as a child and who would like to receive this most important gift of God may enroll in our RCIA program.
Calendar of Events for Teen Confirmation
|August 4||Deadline to Register & pay for your child’s Confirmation|
|Original Baptismal Certificate with First Eucharist Certificate Due|
|August 11||Confirmation Class, 5 – 7:45pm|
|September 8||Confirmation Class, 5 – 7:45pm|
|October 1||Parent Interview Completed|
|October 6||Confirmation Class, 5 – 7:45pm|
|November 1||Choose Confirmation Sponsor|
|November 3||Confirmation Class, 5 – 7:45pm|
|January 12||Confirmation Class, 5 – 7:45pm|
|January 18-19||Attend Retreat|
|February 1||Turn in completed Sponsor Certificate|
|Submit 1 page Patron Saint essay|
|February 9||Confirmation Class, 5 – 7:45pm|
|May 9||Attend Confirmation Rehearsal 9-11:30 am with Sponsor|
|May 10||Attend Confirmation Mass – 11 am|
Have Questions about our Confirmation Program?
Please contact Emily Hombrados, Youth Minister below:
Congratulations on your engagement!
The Bible describes God’s plan for marriage as a grace for a happy life and sign of Christ’s faithful and fruitful love for His Bride, the Church. We at Mary Our Queen are excited for you to grow in this love and understanding.
This is one of the most exciting seasons in your life. Let us help you get ready for more than just the wedding day.
For more information please call the MOQ Office at 770-416-0002 Or submit the form below.
Anointing of the Sick
As Catholics, we believe that on Easter, Jesus Christ rose body and soul from the tomb as the Glorious Victor over sin and death. Christ’s triumph is also a cherished promise for all of us. It is our assurance that the bodies of all who were united to Christ in this life through Sacramental regeneration will one day rise to take their place with Him when He comes to bring a new heaven and a new earth. The experience of death inevitably brings deep sadness, because it separates us from our loved ones, but when we walk with Christ, it is also full of hope. His Church understands death, and she knows the resurrection. As they have throughout the centuries, the Church’s rites accompany our loved ones into the next world, and are a promise of hope for those of us who await our own encounter with the mystery of death.
PREPARATION FOR DEATH
We know that our earthly existence will come to an end. However, for most of our lives, we do not know the day or the hour when we will be called from this life. When the time of death seems to be drawing near, the Church has special rites to prepare us to come before the Lord. Whenever it appears that someone has a serious illness, it is appropriate to contact a priest to receive the anointing of the sick, by which the Church asks the Lord to grant healing of soul and body. This is often preceded by the sacrament of reconciliation, where Christ offers the forgiveness of sins. As an individual confronts illness, the Church assures them of Christ’s presence by providing opportunities to receive Holy Communion, so that their suffering might acquire meaning from the power of Christ’s cross. When the moment of death draws near, Holy Communion is given as viaticum, the “food for the journey,” so that Christ, present in the Blessed Sacrament, might bring spiritual strength for the passage into new life. Finally, at the hour of death, a priest or deacon may accompany the dying and their family with prayers asking God’s grace for a person about to set foot into eternity.
THE CATHOLIC FUNERAL
As human beings, we have an intense need to say goodbye to our loved ones and to commend them to God. The Church’s rites reflect that need, as her prayers accompany the deceased beyond this life. There are three parts to a Catholic funeral. First, there is a vigil service, which typically takes place the night before the funeral. Here, family and friends gather to “be with” and “watch over” the body of the deceased. In addition to the formal liturgical rites of the Church, the vigil may be an opportunity to pray the rosary or to speak lovingly in memory of the departed. It also allows well-wishers to offer their condolences to the family. The vigil may take place in a funeral parlor, at the family’s home, or in the church.
The focus of the Church’s prayers for the departed is the funeral mass. Here, the body of the deceased is brought to the church, where the celebration of the Eucharist reveals the presence of Christ’s own passion, death, and resurrection. Just as the deceased was welcomed into Christ’s family through baptism and nourished in the Church through the sacraments, so now their body is brought to the church a final time as the Church prays for the gift of eternal life. If special circumstances require it, a funeral can also be celebrated outside of mass.
We believe that the body itself is sacred, the physical substance of a person that will rise on the last day when Christ comes with new heavens and a new earth. For this reason, in the Rite of Committal, the Church commends the body of the deceased to the earth, to keep it until the day of the resurrection.
REMEMBERING THE DEAD
After the burial, we do not forget our loved ones. Indeed, we need to remember and to pray for them. For this reason, it is customary to visit the graves of the deceased, frequently to remember them in prayer, and to request that masses be offered for the repose of their souls, especially on important anniversaries such as one month or one year from the date of their death or the anniversaries of their birth. In addition to special masses, the Church prays for all deceased Christians on All Souls’ Day.
WHAT ABOUT CREMATION?
Although cremation in the United States of America was in the past closely associated with opinions that rejected our faith in the resurrection of the body, the Church no longer prohibits it, so long as it is not used as a sign of disrespect for the dead or a denial of the bodily resurrection. If cremation is chosen, it should ordinarily take place following the funeral mass, and the cremated remains are then entombed or buried in the same dignified way that the body would be. Respect for the body requires that the cremated remains be treated with the same respect after cremation that the body deserves. The Church also permits the celebration of the funeral Mass in the presence of the cremated remains and that is possible here in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Here again, the cremated remains must always be honored with the same reverence and respect that is their due as the residual elements of the human body that itself was sanctified and recognized through the sacraments.
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