Sacramental Preparation Programs

Sacraments are a vital part of our Catholic faith. They are external signs that make real to us the invisible reality of God's grace. Baptism is the first sacrament and is the gateway to all the other sacraments.

There are typical ages that sacraments are celebrated: Baptism is celebrated as an infant; First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are celebrated when the child is in 2nd grade; and Confirmation is celebrated when the student is in 10th grade.  However for many reasons someone may not have celebrated these sacraments at the typical age. Or you may be an adult from another faith tradition wishing to join the Catholic church. We welcome everyone under any circumstances and will work to provide instruction necessary to celebrate these sacraments.

Children:

Our sacramental programs are based on these principles:

  • Parents are the primary teachers of their children.
  • Sacraments are gifts of grace.
  • Sacramental catechesis can help invigorate the faith participation of families
  • All learning of faith seeks to draw persons into deeper communion with Christ and his Church.  
  • Sacramental Preparation is separate from Religious Formation classes. Children will need to be enrolled in both classes.  

We partner with parents and families to prepare for the celebration of the sacraments. 

If your child is 7 years or older, and they have not received the sacraments at the typical age, please contact us. Mary Bergen-Bish 757-495-1886 x426 or Janet Jones 757-495-1886 x423.

Infant Baptism

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Confirmation- High School

Adults:

Adults who are seeking to celebrate sacraments fall into a few categories: people who have not been baptized, people who have been baptized in other faith traditions and for baptized Catholics who never completed the other sacraments of initiation: Holy Communion and/or Confirmation. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process by which to prepare for these sacraments.  For more information click below or call the Religious Formation Office at 757-495-1886 x411

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) 

Adult Confirmation