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 effect 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. The requirements for the preparation at St. Mary’s are:

  • Grow in prayer and love of God. Make a plan for living the Catholic Faith daily.
  • Attend R.E. classes, either Catechesis of the Good Shepherd or a Family Small Group.
  • Attend Sacramental Prep lessons on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
  • Complete a Service Project.
  • Attend the retreat.
  • Select a Sponsor
  • Complete needed paperwork.

A checklist with further details of each item will be provided at registration. The suggested donation for each child in sacramental prep is an additional $40. The precise date for the first sacraments is not yet determined, but will be in May after the final class or in early June.