Sacrament Preparation

Youth Sacramental Preparation

Youth and their parents participate in 6 preparation sessions in order to be ready to receive the Sacraments of First Eucharist and First Reconciliation. 

 

Preparation for these Sacraments is a two-year process, with groups organized into age appropriate groups.

 

The Sacrament of Baptism

(for Children Not Baptized as Infants)

Children over age 7 who have not been baptized participate in a special process of Christian Initiation for Children over age 7. With the involvement of their parents/guardians, they will be prepared to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation (9th -12 grade) and First Communion. Contact the Office of Religious Education or details on this process - (562) 597-3102.

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confession)

To receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) for the first time:

  • The child must be baptized, and the parents must present a copy of the baptismal certificate to the School o Religious Education.
  • The child must have completed at least two (2) consecutive years of faith formation
  • The parents/guardians must attend 6 classes during the preparation process.

 

The Sacrament of Eucharist (First Communion)

To receive the Sacrament of Eucharist (Communion) for the first time:

  • The child must be baptized and the parents must present a copy of the baptismal certificate to the School of Religious Education.
  • The child must have completed at least two (2) consecutive years of faith formation.
  • The child is prepared for and receives the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.
  • The parents/guardians must attend the 6 classes during the preparation process.
 

The Sacrament of Confirmation

To receive the Sacrament of Confirmation:

  • The youth must be baptized, and the parents must present a copy of the baptismal certificate to the School of Religious Education.
  • The youth has received (or will be prepared to receive) the sacraments of Eucharist (Communion) and Reconciliation (Confession).
  • Two consecutive years of faith formation during grades 9-12 are completed. This includes twice a month Tuesday night catechetical sessions, service hours each year, a day retreat first year and an overnight retreat second year (if permitted by health directives).
  • The youth selects a sponsor who is a confirmed and practicing Catholic and who will be involved with and supportive of the confirmation candidate during the two years of formation. (A parent cannot be a sponsor.)
 

Adults desiring the Sacraments Baptism, First Communion and/or Confirmation

Please visit our RCIA page or contact the Office of Initiation at (562)597-3102