IRC 3: The Role of the People of God

The next six sections of the IRC detail the “office and ministries” in the sacramental celebration. “The people of God” are fingered first:

3. One of the highest responsibilities of the people of God is to prepare the baptized for confirmation.

The pastor is singled out:

Pastors have the special responsibility to see that all the baptized reach the completion of Christian initiation and therefore that they are carefully prepared for confirmation.

Catechumens have the assistance of the community, and the model of their formation should be utilized for Catholics baptized in infancy and reared in the Christian life:

Adult catechumens who are to be confirmed immediately after baptism have the help of the Christian community and, in particular, the formation that is given to them during the catechumenate. Catechists, sponsors, and members of the local Church participate in the catechumenate by means of catechesis and community celebrations of the rites of initiation. For those who were baptized in infancy and confirmed only as adults the plan for the catechumenate is used with appropriate adaptations.

The parental role is emphasized, and that role is one that should be conscious of the child’s growth and development:

The initiation of children into the sacramental life is ordinarily the responsibility and concern of Christian parents. They are to form and gradually increase a spirit of faith in the children and, at times with the help of catechism classes, prepare them for the fruitful reception of the sacraments of confirmation and the eucharist.

Active participation: you can’t get away from it in 1971:

The role of the parents is also expressed by their active participation in the celebration of the sacraments.

The presence and participation of the family in the sacraments, especially the Sunday Eucharist is the most important aspect of the formation of children. Not a Catholic school. Not the role of catechists or priests.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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