About Our Programs

The Holy Eucharist is the second Sacrament of Initiation.   Preparation for the sacrament of First Communion is a two year program.  Classes are offered on Tuesday (English & Bilingual) and Thursday (English & Bilingual) and candidates from grades 1-12th are invited to join us.
Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper; this Sacrament is of thanksgiving and praise. It is a sacramental sacrifice that intensifies our union with Christ, separates us from sin, and builds the unity of the faithful.  Through the Sacrament of the Eucharist you and your child participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice, uniting yourselves to Christ.
 
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded.  It is a two year preparation program for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Classes are offered in English only on Wednesdays and candidates from grades 9-12th are invited to join us.   Reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.  For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."

Why is religious formation important for my children?

The main purpose of our Religious Education Program is to form students in their Catholic faith. Faith Formation is a life-long processes started in the waters of Baptism and its end is eternal life with Jesus in heaven.

Religious education classes help students to form in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ, to find out who they are, who they are meant to be and the important role they play in the Church. The RE program is a school of Discipleship. As St. Paul puts it “we put on Christ” so that Christ is the center of our lives. Students learn about the richness and beauty of their Catholic faith as they prepare for the sacraments of Baptism (if needed), Reconciliation (Confession), Eucharist (First Holy Communion) and Confirmation.

We encourage parents to begin their child’s formal religious education classes in the FIRST GRADE.

          BAPTISM: Children 5 year of age and younger are considered infants. Please ask the rectory about Infant Baptism. Children who are 6 years of age and older must attend the Religious Education program, and their parents must attend classes once a month for two years before they can be baptized.

          FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Students must attend RE classes for 2 years in order to receive First Holy Communion. Older children will be placed in an age-appropriate class and must attend concurrent classes with Confirmation in the first year.

          FIRST CONFESSION: Students are instructed and prepared for the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and are given the opportunity to go to First Confession a few weeks before their First Holy Communion.

          CONFIRMATION: According to Archdiocesan guidelines, students must be in 9th grade of high school to be considered for the sacrament of Confirmation.  Candidates 18 years or older can prepare for the sacraments through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program.