Sacramental Preparation

Children preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion are required to be in faith formation classes for both 1st and 2nd grade.  

Those preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation are required to be in faith formation classes for both 7th & 8th grade.  

Sacramental Preparation at St. Joseph & St. Francis Xavier is a collaboration of the parents as primary teachers of their child, catechists/teachers , and the community of faith.

Please fill out a Faith Formation Registration Form here to sign your child up for the proper sacramental preparation program.

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as either the Sacrament of Confession or the Sacrament of Penance) has four elements: Contrition, Confession, Penance and Absolution. In the sacrament we encounter the Lord’s abundant mercy which washes away our actual sins and helps us to be merciful like God the Father is merciful.  

Jesus instituted this sacrament on the evening of Easter Sunday the Sacred Scriptures declare, Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:21-23)

 

Sacrament of Eucharist/Holy Communion

The Eucharist is one of the sacraments that Jesus instituted at the Last Supper.  The Eucharist is Jesus Christ’s very Body and Blood.  Jesus sacred humanity is really present in the Eucharist.  This presence is called the real presence.  When the Eucharist is received, we call it Holy Communion, because in receiving the Eucharist, a deeper communion is effect with Jesus.

 

Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments that Jesus Christ instituted.   Like Baptism and Eucharist, Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation .   The Sacrament of Confirmation completes the Sacrament of Baptism.  The sacrament of Baptism gives us new life in Christ and makes a disciple (a follower) of Christ.  The Sacrament of Confirmation strengthens (makes firm) the life in Christ which started at baptism and gives particular graces for a person to be Christ’s apostle (one who is sent to spread the faith to others)