Preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist take place after a child reaches age 7. Sacrament preparation is not a part of the curriculum at the Saint John the Baptist schools. All children who wish to prepare for these sacraments must register in the parish sacramental preparation program.
Parents are fully integrated into the Reconciliation and Eucharist preparation process as their child's catechist and first teacher in the faith. As a result, at least one parent/guardian is required to attend each session with their child. Sacrament preparation sessions are offered on Sunday mornings between the masses (9:40am-10:50am) and on Monday evenings (6:30pm-7:30pm) Childcare for younger siblings is available during both time slots.
In order to prepare for sacraments, children must meet the following prerequisites.
- Must have already received the sacrament of Baptism. If Baptism was received outside of Saint John the Baptist Parish, a Baptismal certificate must be submitted to the parish office. If Baptism was received in another Christian denomination or has not yet been received, please contact Rachel Holt in the parish office as soon as possible to coordinate special arrangements.
- Must have completed at least one full school year of faith formation either in a Catholic school or in a parish faith formation program immediately prior to the desired sacrament preparation year. If the prerequisite formation was completed outside of Saint John the Baptist Parish/School, a letter of completion is required.
- Must be actively practicing their Catholic faith. This includes regular Sunday Mass attendance with their parent(s)/guardian(s).
First Reconciliation preparation takes place from September - November. First Reconciliation must be received before a child receives the Eucharist for the first time.
First Eucharist preparation takes place from January -April.
A fee for the Reconciliation and Eucharist preparation year is $60.
Registration for first Reconciliation and Eucharist preparation will take place from April 2018 - August 2018.