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.  For the child in Catholic school, the two years can occur concurrently depending upon their grade and Baptismal status.  To understand your child’s path, please see the appropriate grade level below. If your child will be in Catholic school for first grade and has been baptized, there are no steps necessary to take with the parish office this year.

FIRST: Has your child been baptized?

Yes, in a Catholic ChurchProvide a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate in person at the church office or emailed to the Office of Faith Formation.
Yes, but not in a Catholic Church.After registration, provide a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate to the Office of Faith Formation in person or through email and contact Cathy to schedule a Profession of Faith.
Not yet.Contact Cathy to schedule a Baptism.

Preparing for the Sacraments – Second Grade

If your child was in a Catholic school or Faith Formation program for first grade, the registration questions will guide you to enroll your child with the parish office. In addition to religion classes at school, preparing for the Sacraments includes in supplemental materials to complete at home 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, the registration questions will guide you to enroll your child in the parish Faith Formation after school or Sunday age appropriate program in addition to religion classes at school.  Preparing for the Sacraments includes in supplemental materials to complete at home and a parent-child retreat for Reconciliation in the fall and Holy Eucharist in the spring. This program is offered in Ballantyne (Sunday at 4 pm or Tuesday at 5 pm) and Waxhaw (Sunday and Wednesday at 4 or 5:30 pm).


Preparing for the Sacraments – Third to Fifth Grade

The registration questions will guide you to enroll your child in the parish Faith Formation after school or Sunday age appropriate Rite of Christian Initiation for Children program in addition to religion classes at school.  Preparing for the Sacraments includes in supplemental materials to complete at home and a parent-child retreat for Reconciliation in the fall and Holy Eucharist in the spring. This program is offered in Ballantyne (Sunday at 4 pm or Tuesday at 5 pm).  


Preparing for the Sacraments – Sixth to Ninth Grade

The registration questions will guide you to enroll your child in the parish Faith Formation after school or Sunday age appropriate Rite of Christian Initiation for Youth program in addition to religion classes at school.  Preparing for the Sacraments includes in supplemental materials to complete at home and a parent-child retreat for Reconciliation in the fall and Holy Eucharist in the spring. This program is offered in Ballantyne (Sunday at 7 pm or Tuesday at 6:30 pm).  If your child is in eighth or ninth grade, you will have the option of also having them participate in the IGNITE Confirmation process.

Preparing for the Sacraments – Tenth to Twelfth Grade

The registration questions will guide you to enroll your child in the parish Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens program in addition to religion classes at school.  Teens are expected to participate in the parish high school weekend retreat.  Both the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation will be received at the Easter Vigil in the spring. Learn more about RCIT here. This program is offered in Ballantyne on Sunday, 3:30 to 5 pm.

To register your child for the 2023-2024 Sacramental Year or if you have questions specific to your child, please contact Lori Mathews.

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