Sacramental Preparation

Children preparing for the Sacraments of First Eucharist, Reconciliation or Confirmation are still dependent upon their parents. They learn primarily from the attitudes, words and behavior of their parents. For this reason parents have the primary responsibility for the education and preparation of their children for celebrating these sacraments.

Sometimes, for various reasons, the parents are unable to fulfill their role as the primary educators in preparing their children for the sacraments. In such cases alternatives are possible. They can delay the preparation and celebration of the sacrament until they are able to fulfill their role. They can delay the preparation and celebration until the child is mature enough to fulfill the responsibilities on his/her own. Or they can select an adult sponsor for the child who would fulfill the role ascribed to the parents.
The sacramental policies below outline the responsibilities of both the parents and the candidates wishing to celebrate a sacrament.


First Eucharist

Eucharist is a sacrament continuing the process of initiation begun at Baptism. It is the sacrament in which the Christian community comes together to celebrate Christ’s presence among us. As we are fed by the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist and by the people gathered together, we go forth to serve others as Jesus did.

Candidates for the celebration of first Eucharist are to:

  • be at least seven years of age and baptized.
  • attend and fully participate in at least two years of formal Religious Formation or its equivalent.
  • attend Sunday Mass regularly.
  • attend First Eucharist sessions unless excused by the Director.

Parents of the candidates are to:

  • see that their children attend Mass regularly.
  • register for the First Eucharist program.
  • attend the Parent Meeting and all First Eucharist sessions unless excused by the Director.
  • support and cooperate with the Religious Formation Office by working with the child at home.

The First Eucharist preparation program consists of one parent information/registration meeting, one rite of Enrollment Mass, three parent/child sessions at the parish and completion of the First Eucharist sacrament book.


First Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the outward sign by which we celebrate a merciful and forgiving God and renew our relationship with Him and the community. It celebrates the fact that we can be forgiven at all times. First Communion candidates are to be prepared and to celebrate Reconciliation prior to celebrating First Communion.

Candidates for First Reconciliation are to:

  • be at least seven years of age and baptized.
  • attend Mass regularly.
  • attend and participate in a formal Religious Formation program.
  • attend all First Reconciliation sessions unless excused by the Director.

Parents of the candidate are to:

  • see that their children attend Mass regularly.
  • register for the First Reconciliation program.
  • attend the Parent Meeting and all First Reconciliation sessions unless excused by the Director
  • support and cooperate with Religious Formation Office by working with the child at home.

The preparation program for First Reconciliation consists of one parent information/registration meeting, one Rite of Enrollment Mass, three parent/child sessions at church and completion of the First Reconciliation sacrament handouts.


Confirmation

As a Sacrament of Initiation, Confirmation is closely related to Baptism and Eucharist. Christians are reborn in Baptism, strengthened by Confirmation and nourished and sustained by the Eucharist. Confirmation renews and strengthens the baptismal call to responsibility as a member of the community, responsibility to bring the Good News, and responsibility to serve others and take part in Jesus’ mission.

Candidates wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation are to:

  • have participated fully in a cumulative, formal religious formation program or its equivalent through the 7th grade.
  • attend Mass regularly.
  • attend all Confirmation sessions unless excused by the Director.

Parents of the candidates are to:

  • see that their children attend Mass regularly.
  • register for the Confirmation preparation program.
  • attend parent meetings and sessions unless excused by the Director.
  • support and cooperate with the Youth Ministry Office by working with the candidate at home.

The Confirmation preparation program consists of attendance at Sacramental preparation either through the Chosen program or 3 Catholic School Prep sessions; choosing a Confirmation sponsor; sponsor letter to the Pastor; Rite of Enrollment; attend Sponsor-Candidate Day; completion of a Saint Project; candidate letter to the Bishop; completion of 3 Christian service projects; Retreat; Interview; Reconciliation and Rehearsal; and Confirmation Mass. These requirements are outlined further, including due dates, on our Confirmation Checklist.

For the Confirmation Checklist and to register for the Sacrament of Confirmation, please attend the Confirmation Requirements meeting on Tuesday, October 10th at 7 pm. (Parents and students attend!)