The sacraments of initiation (baptism, Holy Eucharist and confirmation) are gifts to us, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church.  It is our privilege to support parents as they prepare their children for these grace-filled gifts.

Adults who are seeking the sacraments of initiation or inquiring about marriage, please contact Rachel Willoughby

Questions not addressed below? Please contact Diane Kiradjieff.

Information about preparation can be found in the drop-down menu below.  



Baptism: Welcome to the Family!

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 Diane Kiradjieff to learn more.

Preparation for Children and Teens: Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist


In the Diocese of Charlotte,  at least two full consecutive years of formal religious education (Catholic school or Faith Formation) are necessary prior to receiving the sacrament of Holy Eucharist for the first time. Children may receive the sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time in the spring of second grade or older. 

FIRST YEAR takes place in first grade or older.  If a youth is in Catholic school, this first year of preparation is satisfied by the school’s religion program If a youth is in public or private (not Catholic) school, this preparation takes place in our YEAR 1 First Eucharist Faith Formation program.

SECOND YEAR takes place in second grade or older, provided the FIRST YEAR of preparation has been satisfied during the prior school year.  If a youth is in Catholic school second grade, he or she must be enrolled in the parish Sacramental Preparation for Catholic School program. If a youth is in second grade public or private (not Catholic) school, he or she will enroll in our YEAR 2 First Eucharist Faith Formation program.  If a youth is in third grade or older, he or she must enroll and participate in our Rite of Christian Initiation program.  

To receive information specific to your child, please contact Lori Mathews.

Preparation for Teens: Confirmation

We understand that every youth’s faith journey is as unique as they are. Therefore, our Confirmation program combines flexible catechesis with countless parish life opportunities that inspire the youth to enter an active life of faith as a confirmed Catholic.

The confirmation process 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. During both parts of process, regardless of what school a youth is attending, he or she is expected to be a part of parish life and youth ministry to prepare them for their life as a confirmed Catholic disciple.  Opportunities can be found on our YOUTH MINISTRY or BE THE CHURCH webpage.

PART ONE – INVITED (6th to 9th Grade): If a youth is in Catholic school, the first part of the confirmation process takes place within the school.  If a youth is in public or private (not Catholic) school, the first part of the process takes place within Faith Formation in our new INVITED program.  INVITED is six faith content courses offered in seven-week trimesters during the program year.  Parents may choose to enroll for Fall and/or Winter and/or Spring or a full year depending upon the family and youth’s schedule.  Beginning in 2023, the courses will be offered as a summer option as well.  All six topics must be completed before a youth enters the IGNITE program.*

PART TWO – IGNITE (8th or 9th Grade): Once a youth is in eighth grade or older, and he or she has completed the INVITED program or at least one year of Catholic school prior to eighth grade, the second part of the process may begin – the IGNITE program.  Regardless of what school a youth is attending, this part of the process must be completed in the parish.  IGNITE is offered as a seven-week course that may be taken during the fall, winter or spring.  Included in the course is a day retreat for the parent and teen to participate in together, along with the sponsor if he or she is available.

*Due to the new programming, those youth entering eighth grade in fall, who have completed either Faith Formation or Catholic school in 2021-2022, will enter directly into IGNITE.  In addition, for this program year only those youth entering seventh grade will only be required to complete three of the INVITED topics.

RCIT (10th to 12th Grade): High school teens in 10th to 12th grade, who are coming into the Church who have not yet received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation) or those who have not been enrolled in Faith Formation for an extended period of time seeking only the sacrament of Confirmation.  Through a relaxed, small group setting, teens discover the teachings of the Catholic Church and what it means to live your life as a Catholic Christian in today’s world.