Sacramental Preparation Programs
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.
As such, we partner with parents and families to prepare for the celebration of the sacraments.
Typically 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 a child may not have celebrated these sacraments at the typical age. We welcome all children under any circumstances and will work on a case-by-case basis to provide instruction necessary to celebrate these sacraments.
Two factors are taken into consideration when determining the amount of preparation required: age and which sacraments are needed. While parents help directly with preparation of younger children, sacramental preparation for older children generally occurs 2 Sundays per month starting in October and ending with the sacramental celebration during the Easter season.
For more information regarding this program please call the Religious Formation Office at 757-495-1886 x411.
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