Preparation for the Sacraments
Preparation for the Sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation and Communion
Some Basic Principles:
- Sacraments involve a living relationship with Jesus Christ, and presume the gift of faith.
- Readiness is the criterion for the reception of a Sacrament.
- The celebration of Sacraments is the action of the community.
- The family has an essential role in the preparation for and celebration of a Sacrament.
Process of Preparation
Is a “period of evangelization and systematic faith formation prior to the year of immediate preparation. This guideline is met through participation in the Catholic school or parish religious education program.”
Remote preparation for Sacraments is ordinarly a part of the regualr curriculum in the parish faith formation program or a Catholic school. A student should be enrolled and actively participate in Faith Formation as part of their on-going Faith Formation each year.
The process of immediate catechesis for Sacraments are FREE STANDING PROGRAMS. This involves separate preparation from any faith formation program in which the candidate may participate. Whether the student attends a parish program or Catholic school, the Sacraments must be received in the parish to which the family belongs. A separate registration fee to cover the costs of books, retreats, speakers and other materials will be charged.
According to Diocesan guidelines, sacramental preparation requires further student and family involvement. Parent preparation meetings are an important part of this process, and therefore, attendance is required.