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Preparing for the Sacraments

Registration will open on March 3 at 4 pm. Links to online form will be found here or on the Faith Formation page. To volunteer as a catechist or session volunteer, and receive priority registration for you child, please contact Lori Mathews.

First Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist

In the Diocese of Charlotte,  receiving the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist for the first time is a consecutive two year process. Children may receive the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist for the first time in the spring of second grade or older. For questions specific to your child preparing for these Sacraments, please contact Lori Mathews.

If your child was in a Catholic school or Faith Formation program for first grade, you will enroll them in RECEIVE for Catholic School. In addition to religion classes at school, preparing for the Sacraments include supplemental materials to complete at home with a parent, an introductory meeting for parents and children for each Sacrament and a parent-child retreat for Reconciliation in the fall and Holy Eucharist in the spring.  If your child was not in a Catholic school or Faith Formation program for first grade, you will enroll them in the parish RECEIVE program after school or on Sunday.


Third to Fifth Grade

Children of this age preparing for the Sacraments should be enrolled in the parish Faith Formation after school or Sunday age appropriate RECEIVE program in addition to religion classes at school.  Preparing for the Sacraments include supplemental materials to complete at home with a parent, an introductory meeting for parents and children for each Sacrament and a parent-child retreat for Reconciliation in the fall and Holy Eucharist in the spring.


Sixth to Seventh Grade

Middle school youth should be enrolled in the parish WELCOME Faith Formation after school or Sunday age appropriate program in addition to religion classes at school.  Preparing for the Sacraments include supplemental materials to complete at home with a parent, an introductory meeting for parents and children for each Sacrament and a parent-child retreat for Reconciliation in the fall and Holy Eucharist in the spring. After completing this program and receiving the Sacraments, the youth will be eligible for our IGNITE Confirmation process in eighth grade.


Eighth and Ninth Grade

The young teen should be enrolled in the parish CHOSEN Faith Formation process. During the program year, they will prepare for and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. Preparing for the Sacraments includes an introductory meeting and attendance at a day Retreat for parents and teens.


Tenth to Twelfth Grade

The young teen should be enrolled in the parish CHOSEN Faith Formation process. During the program year, they will prepare for and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. Preparing for the Sacraments includes an introductory meeting and attendance at a day Retreat for parents and teens. In addition, teens are encouraged to participate in high school youth group and a weekend retreat in February. Learn more about RCIT here.

Thank you for allowing us the privilege of supporting your family through the Sacramental process. If you have any questions, please contact Lori.