Sacraments

The Sacraments

“Parents are the primary educators in the faith...It is...a Christian education more witnessed to than taught, more occasional than systematic, more ongoing and daily than structured into periods.” [GDC 255]

We understand and acknowledge that becoming Catholic isn't just a one-time event that happens at a person's Baptism. It is a lifetime of learning how to live in a way that reflects the message of Christ, the Scriptures, teaching and traditions of the Catholic Church.

The way we learn how to do this is through prayer: with other Catholics in a parish community, with our families at home, and by ourselves through daily practices of faith. We are always trying to grow deeper in our Catholic faith.

If your child has missed some or all grades, there is a place for your child to begin sacramental preparation.

Sacrament preparation is a TWO YEAR process. Students in sacrament preparation must also be enrolled in the weekly faith formation program. Students must be enrolled in a faith formation program one year before receiving any Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, or Confirmation.

Essential for the preparation of Any of the Sacraments is regular worship in Sunday Mass, participation in religious education, and a commitment on the part of the parents to continue their children's religious education after they have received their sacraments.

Rite of Christian Initiation Adapted For Children (RCIA4c)

The children who are not baptized and are older than age seven would definitely be fully initiated according to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (see nos. 252, 253, 304, 305, National Statute 18). Their formation should also follow the general pattern of the catechumenate, which means they should participate in the RCIA as adapted for children.

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist (First Communion)

First Reconciliation (also called Confession or Penance) this sacrament strives to achieve an inner peace, a sense of growth, a stronger community, and a balance to life. First Eucharist (also called First Communion) means that person has received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus Christ. (Com/union to come in union with one another). Both sacraments normally take place in the second grade for children baptized in the Catholic Faith.

Important: We must have a copy of your child's Baptismal Certificate in order for your child to receive any sacraments.

Older children (in grades 3 or higher) or children who are not currently enrolled in religious education classes are prepared with instruction appropriate to the needs of the child with the involvement of the parents.

The older children sacramental preparation classes are held on Sundays 9:00am to 9:30am before the regular Faith Formation classes. Also held at Saint Joseph School a few blocks from the church.

Confirmation

Confirmation is a sacramental celebration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God's fidelity to us. It is a sacrament for confirming and strengthening the recipient in the Christian faith.

Students typically receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the 8th grade.

Important: We must have a copy of your child's Baptismal Certificate in order for your child to receive any sacraments.

If you are interested in having your child(ren) prepare for any of these Sacraments, please complete one sacramental form per child and submit along with the faith formation registration form and the appropriate registration and Sacramental fees. You may return the form and fee to our parish rectory (office) or on Sundays a few minutes before our class.