Sacramental Preparation: Confirmation and First Eucharist
As Catholics, we believe that the Sacraments are the outward signs of inward grace which were established by Christ and affect what they signify. Because they are the normal means of receiving God’s grace, it is very important for children to receive the Sacraments of the Church as soon as possible, in order to take full advantage of the inheritance offered them through their Baptism.
In the Diocese of Phoenix, all baptized children who have reached 3rd grade age (8 years old) and have received First Reconciliation are invited to prepare for Confirmation and First Holy Communion, which, together with Baptism, complete initiation into the Catholic Church.
In order to receive these sacraments fruitfully, it is important for the candidates to undergo a time of special preparation, that their hearts may become more receptive to the graces they will receive.
St. Mary Religious Education offers this preparation in the second year of our Level 2 program. To sign your child up for Religious Education at St. Mary, please see Youth Formation, under the Formation tab.
If you are an adult baptized in the Catholic faith, and would like to receive your Confirmation, please see Adult Formation, under the Formation tab.