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The Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation) are gifts to us, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church.  Adults inquiring about the Sacrament of Marriage should contact Cathy Strasswimmer.

Rite of Christian Initiation Programs

ADULTS: Individuals over the age of 18 who are seeking any Sacraments of Initiation should inquire about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program by calling Rachel Willoughby at 704-543-7677 x1020

TEENS: Teens seeking any of the Sacraments of Initiation who are/will be in tenth to twelfth grade are part of our one-year intensive Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens (RCIT) program. To learn more, visit our RCIT site.

RCIA and RCIT candidates receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil Mass.

Sacraments for Children and Young Teens

BAPTISM: For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.  Parents must take part in a baptism preparation class prior to scheduling the sacrament.

If the child to be baptized is under the age of five, please complete this FORM and you will be contacted.

If your child is entering kindergarten or older, or has been baptized but not in the Catholic Church, please contact Cathy Strasswimmer to learn more.

RECONCILIATION and FIRST HOLY EUCHARIST: In the Diocese of Charlotte, receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist for the first time is a two year process. The second year of preparation includes participation in the parish program regardless of what school is attended.  Children may receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time in the spring of second grade or older.

CONFIRMATION: The confirmation process for youth takes place in two parts. The first is designed to strengthen the youth’s Catholic foundation and knowledge before they enter into the second part, which specifically prepares them for the sacrament. Youth may receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the spring of eighth grade or older.

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