Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental Preparation

A copy of the child’s baptismal certificate must be on file with the Faith Formation office prior to reception of the sacraments.

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Director of Religious Education: Pat Tomlinson 704-541-8362 x 2

First Sacraments Coordinator: Lori Mathews 704-541-8362 x 5

REQUIREMENTS

The Diocese of Charlotte requires at least one full year of formal religious education (Catholic school or Faith Formation) prior to receiving the sacrament of first reconciliation, and at least two full consecutive years of formal religious education prior to receiving the sacrament of first holy Eucharist. Children may receive the sacrament of first Eucharist in the spring of second grade or older.  Therefore, if your child is in public or private (not Catholic) school, your child must be registered in first grade in order to receive the sacraments in second grade. 

PROGRAMMING:

CATHOLIC SCHOOL Children who have completed one year of Faith Formation or Catholic school in first grade must register with the Faith Formation office in second grade in order to receive the sacraments in the parish.  If there has not been a year of Faith Formation or Catholic school completed, parents must contact the Director of Religious Education to learn how to proceed.
PUBLIC or PRIVATE (non-Catholic) SCHOOL Children begin their preparation by registering for “Year 1” of First Sacraments in either first or second grade, followed by “Year 2” in second or third grade.  It is during Year 2 that both sacraments will be received. Children entering the program in third grade or older are eligible for our Special Sacraments program and should contact the director of religious education to learn how to proceed.

First Sacraments Preparation DATES FOR 2017-2018

 

Confirmation

Director of Religious Education: Pat Tomlinson 704-541-8362 x 2

Coordinator for Family Life/Confirmation: Barb Kohler 704-541-8362 x 3

Adults seeking confirmation should inquire about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Program. Please call Tom Lindemuth at 704-543-7677 x 1063.

High School Teens seeking confirmation, but who are also in need of first Eucharist and/or baptism should inquire about RCIA for Teens program.  Please call Barb Kohler at 704-541-8362 x 3.

REQUIREMENTS

Following diocesan guidelines, two full consecutive school years (Remote Preparation) beginning as early as seventh grade of Catholic school or parish Faith Formation, followed by approximately three months (Proximate Preparation) of parish Faith Formation is required prior to receiving the sacrament of confirmation. Young people may receive the sacrament of confirmation in the fall of ninth grade or older.  Therefore, if your child is in public or private (not Catholic) school, your child must be registered in in our Faith Formation confirmation program beginning in seventh grade in order to be confirmed in ninth grade. 

PROGRAMMING

CATHOLIC SCHOOL Youth who have completed Faith Formation or Catholic school in seventh and eighth grade must register with the Faith Formation office in ninth grade in order to receive the sacraments in the parish.  If there has not been two years of Faith Formation or Catholic school completed, parents must contact the director of religious education to learn how to proceed.
PUBLIC or PRIVATE (non-Catholic) SCHOOL Youth begin their preparation by registering for “Confirmation I” in either seventh or eighth grade, followed by “Confirmation II” in eighth or ninth grade.  Once these two prerequisite years are completed, teens may be registered for “Confirmation III”.  Teens in ninth grade or older who have not completed the two prerequisite years should contact the director of religious education to learn how to proceed.

For more information on Confirmation, click here.