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.  If you have not registered with our program for the 2018-2019 Faith Formation year, please contact the Office of Faith Formation.

Director of Religious Education: Diane Kiradjieff, 704-541-8362 x 2

First Sacraments Coordinator: Lori Mathews 704-541-8362 x 4

If your child is currently registered in our program, you can find here the First Eucharist Parent Handbook and the Family Sign-Up for Gift Bearers at Mass.

In the Diocese of Charlotte, at least one full year of formal religious education (Catholic school or Faith Formation) is necessary prior to receiving the sacrament of first reconciliation, and at least two full consecutive years of formal religious education are necessary 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 RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) program and should contact the Director of Religious Education to learn how to proceed.

2018 First Reconciliation Dates of Importance

Parent Learning Opportunities

  • Sept. 19, 9:30 am – Main Church
  • Sept. 27, 7 pm – Main Church
  • Sept. 29, 10 am – Waxhaw Campus
  • Oct. 6, 10:30 am – Main Church

Parent-Child Retreat (Year 2 Families) – Main Church

  • Nov. 3, 8-10:30 am
  • Nov. 3, 11 am – 1:30 pm
  • Nov. 3, 2-4:30 pm

Parent-Child Retreat (RCIC Families) – Main Church

  • Nov. 18, 12:30-3:30 pm

Celebration of First Reconciliation – Main Church

  • Nov. 29, 7 pm
  • Nov. 30, 7 pm

2019 First Holy Eucharist Dates of Importance

Parent Learning Opportunities

  • Jan. 9, 9:30 am – Main Church
  • Jan. 12, 10 am – Main Church
  • Jan. 17, 7 pm – Main Church
  • Jan. 26, 10 am – Waxhaw Campus

Parent-Child Retreat (Year 2 Families) – Main Church

  • Apr. 6, 8-10:30 am
  • Apr. 6, 11 am – 1:30 pm
  • Apr. 6, 2-4:30 pm

Parent-Child Retreat (RCIC Families) – Main Church

  • Apr. 7, 12:30-3:30 pm

Mass of First Holy Eucharist Dates

  • May 3, 7 pm
  • May 4, 9 am and 11:30 am and 2 pm