Preparation for Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist

A copy of the child’s baptismal certificate must be on file with the Faith Formation office prior to reception of the sacraments.  

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

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

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.

Program Registration (2020-2021)

Registration will open for families on August 1, 2020.

PUBLIC or PRIVATE (non-Catholic) SCHOOL children should be registered as follows:

  • Select YEAR 1 if your child is in 1st grade OR if your child is in 2nd grade but was NOT enrolled in Faith Formation, Catholic School or other CCD program.
  • Select YEAR 2 if your child is in 2nd or 3rd grade, and DID complete Year 1, Catholic School or other Faith Formation/CCD program in 2019-2020.
  • Select RCIC if your child is in 3rd to 8th grade and needs to receive First Eucharist, reconciliation and in some cases, baptism.

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.

  • Select CATHOLIC SCHOOL if your child is in 2nd grade and DID complete 1st grade in Catholic School or other Faith Formation/CCD program in 2019-2020.
  • If your child was not enrolled in Catholic School or other Faith Formation/CCD program in 2019-2020, please contact our Sacramental Coordinator to learn how to proceed.

Faith Formation @MATT or @HOME Program (Year 1 and 2)

The theme of Year 1 is FAMILY!

Using RCL Benziger’s Blest Are We-Faith In Action, each unit is to designed to learn more about the Holy Family and our Church Family while learning what Catholics believe, and how we worship, live and pray.

During the year, children and parents will also:

  • get an up-close look at the physical items we find in Catholic Churches all over the world; and
  • learn about the Catholic tradition of praying the Rosary, as each child makes their own rosary to keep.

The theme of Year 2 is SACRAMENTS!

Using Dynamic Catholic’s Blessed series, the goal of this program is not only to prepare the children to receive the sacraments, but to encourage a personal relationship with Jesus and a life-long love and curiosity for their faith.  During the year, children and parents will

  • dive into the sacrament of Reconciliation – understanding the fact of God’s unconditional love and His mercy, and exploring the concepts of being forgiven and forgiving;
  • open up the Mass – understanding the reason we celebrate together and how each of the parts come together as the summit of our faith;
  • examine the Promise of God’s Plan for salvation and Jesus’ powerful love for each of us individually in His Sacrifice and true Presence in the Eucharist.

Click on the link at the end for more information on our elementary age Faith Formation sessions.

RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) Program - 3rd to 8th Grade

Offered for elementary and middle school children, this two year program is designed to provide each child with a foundational knowledge of the Catholic faith and an exploration of the sacraments of baptism, reconciliation and the Eucharist.  Over the two years, parents and children will:

  • get an up-close look at the physical items we find in Catholic Churches all over the world; and
  • learn about the Catholic tradition of praying the Rosary, as each child makes their own rosary to keep.
  • dive into the sacrament of Reconciliation – understanding the fact of God’s unconditional love and His mercy, and exploring the concepts of being forgiven and forgiving;
  • open up the Mass – understanding the reason we celebrate together and how each of the parts come together as the summit of our faith;
  • examine the Promise of God’s Plan for salvation and Jesus’ powerful love for each of us individually in His Sacrifice and true Presence in the Eucharist.

Those who enter the program in 7th or 8th grade will also prepare to receive the sacrament of Confirmation during the second year.

To register for this program, please contact Lori Mathews.

Catholic School - 2nd Grade Parish Program

If your child was not enrolled in Catholic School or other Faith Formation/CCD program in 2019-2020, please contact our Sacramental Coordinator to learn how to proceed.

Using an interactive guide for at home, and attending a fall and spring parent-child half day retreat, families will:

  • dive into the sacrament of Reconciliation – understanding the fact of God’s unconditional love and His mercy, and exploring the concepts of being forgiven and forgiving;
  • open up the Mass – understanding the reason we celebrate together and how each of the parts come together as the summit of our faith;
  • examine the Promise of God’s Plan for salvation and Jesus’ powerful love for each of us individually in His Sacrifice and true Presence in the Eucharist.

To register for this program, please click on the link below and first select the STOP HERE ticket to fill in your child’s information, then select 2nd Grade Catholic School.

REGISTER HERE!