First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion
Typically, baptized children begin preparations to receive these sacraments in the 1st grade and conclude with the receiving of First Holy Communion on Corpus Christi Sunday. To fully prepare children for the reception of the sacraments, a commitment on the part of the parents or guardian to ensure that children attend religious education classes faithfully, complete all take home assignments on time and worship regularly at Sunday Mass is essential. Parents or Guardians are required to attend one Parent/Guardian workshop in the fall and the spring. Parents/Guardians must also sign the Sacramental Preparation Covenant form.
Preparation for Confirmation is a two-year program. Students enter the first year of the Confirmation program in 9th grade or their freshman year of high school, and receive their sacraments near the end of the 10th grade. The Confirmation program includes classroom preparation once a week for one hour in addition to social justice activities. Students in our program learn about the decision-making process and use of the Bible in order to become more aware of Jesus and how our faith helps us make responsible decisions.
Rites of Christian Initiation for Children
Older children and teens who are not baptized or have not received their First Holy Communion can prepare for Baptism or First Holy Communion through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) program. Children registered in the RCIC program usually receive their sacraments at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.