Children must participate in the full year program (2nd grade) when receiving the sacraments of First Communion, First Reconciliation; and 2 years (7th & 8th Grade) for Confirmation. Children are o be in religious education or faith formation classes one year prior (typically, 1st grade) to the year in which the sacrament is to be received.
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.
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as the Sacrament of Penance) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness, and as a result we are called to forgive others.
Sacramental preparation for Confirmation is a two-year process. Our parishes start the preparation in Grade 7, and complete the process at the end of eighth grade.
Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God’s fidelity to us. The Sacrament of Confirmation completes the Sacrament of Baptism. If baptism is the sacrament of re-birth to a new and supernatural life, confirmation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age.