First Penance takes place in second grade. Parents attend a Parent/Child Retreat with their child to help prepare their them for the sacrament. Students are prepared at home and their lessons are reinforced in their faith formation sessions. The students and their families come together at the First Penance Mass of Enrollment. The Sacrament of First Penance is celebrated in the spring of second grade.
First Communion takes place in third grade. In February, Parents attend one of two Parent Workshops offered to help them prepare their children for this sacrament. Students and their families come together at the Mass of Enrollment in February. Students are prepared at home and their lessons are reinforced in their faith formation sessions. In April, final preparations are made during the First Communion Retreat and then on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, the Sacrament of First Communion is celebrated!
Preparation for Confirmation involves two years of catechesis (Levels I and II), plus immediate sacramental preparation for Confirmation.
Level I typically takes place during the Grade 9 year.
Level II typically takes place during the Grade 10 year.
Approved service hours are performed during the first year.
Students attending public high school must participate in two years of high school faith formation through the Family Faith Formation Office.
Students attending a Catholic high school receive catechesis through their school; however, they must register with the Family Faith Formation Office in Grade 9 to ensure that they receive all Confirmation related notifications.
Both public high school and Catholic high school students attend the same sacramental preparation program. This program involves approved service, a Mass of Enrollment, a retreat, sponsor/candidate faith discussions, Sponsor/Candidate Session, interview, and finally the Confirmation Mass itself. This program takes place during the Level II year.