Adeo prepares students to receive the sacraments of Penance, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Everything that Jesus did with his body while he lived on earth, he continues to do today through his sacraments and the Church. Sacramental preparation is the summit of Adeo’s education in the faith.
SACRAMENT OF PENANCE OR RECONCILIATION
Before receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time, first and second grade students prepare for the reception of this sacrament by learning about God’s infinite mercy and Jesus’ beautiful parables about love and forgiveness. Students also learn how to discern and examine their conscience, not only in preparation for the sacrament, but also as an essential tool for life. The sacrament of Penance is celebrated when the students are in second grade and is received individually through a priest. An Adeo representative is always present to guide and assist the students.
SACRAMENT OF FIRST EUCHARIST OR COMMUNION
First and second grade students prepare to receive Jesus in holy communion every spring. Teachers highlight that Jesus is really present in the bread (host) with his body, soul, blood and divinity. This preparation includes understanding the different parts of the Mass so students will be able to actively participate in it going forward.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Sixth and seventh grade students prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation by learning to be familiar with the Holy Spirit – what the Spirit does, his fruits, and his gifts. During these two years they are especially taught that they themselves are the Church and are encouraged to live out with more conviction their mission to be salt and light in the world. They are asked to attend a special Confirmation retreat. The sacrament is conferred on the students when they are in seventh grade.
Service: Love in Action. As part of the Confirmation preparation, Adeo students participate in ten hours of community service to help the needs of their neighbor.
Confirmation Retreat: “lived theology” of the saints. The students are introduced to the life of a saint in order to awaken in them a desire for holiness encouraged by their living example. Holiness is a message that convinces without words and is the living reflection of the face of Christ.