Sacramental Preparation

The sacraments are gifts from God to be shared and celebrated within the parish community. All our sacramental programs are designed to celebrate and welcome new members to our community.

Prayerful attention to growth in faith and catechesis precedes the decision to receive a sacrament. The parish provides programs for preparation for the following sacraments: 

First Communion and Reconciliation
The preparation for this sacrament is a two-year process which begins in Grade 1 and continues to the end of the catechetical year of Grade 2 and culminates with the celebration of First Communion in May of the second year. Children are prepared to make their first Confession during a prayer service usually held the first Saturday in March of their second year of preparation. After that service, parents are responsible for determining when to accompany their children to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Generally, unless there is a serious reason, children receive this sacrament before making First Communion. 

Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation also requires two years of study, usually beginning in Grade Six and continuing through Grade Seven. In accordance with the Bishop’s schedule, the celebration of this sacrament is generally held in the Fall of Grade 8.

Confirmation preparation includes opportunities for a retreat, community service, special prayer experiences and the opportunity to receive Reconciliation on several occasions. An interview with one of our Priests to attest to the readiness of the candidate is part of the preparation process.