Age of Preparation & Readiness

  • Preparation for First Holy Communion and Reconciliation traditionally occurs in second grade.
  • For children older than second grade, the preparation is the same.
  • Readiness for each sacrament is determined by the parent:  

Preparation Process

Preparation at the Peninsula Cluster is done as a home-study, with parent formation and a retreat component.  Preparation for each sacrament follows the same basic format:  

  1. Families register for sacramental preparation and pay applicable preparation fees.
  2. Children attend religious education sessions or Catholic school (ongoing).
  3. Parents attend an information session on the preparation process (Sunday, October 16th 1:30pm Cordier Hall). 
  4. Parents and children attend monthly workshops, as scheduled throughout the year, using at-home materials to reinforce workshop information.  
  5. If readiness is discerned, the sacrament is celebrated. 

 

Religious Education Requirement

  • Sacramental preparation is done in addition to, and separate from religious education. 
  •  All children preparing for sacraments must be enrolled in and participating in either parish religious education, or attending a Catholic school.  

Registration & Preparation Dates

Beginning in August, families may register for preparation for the new year.  

Please fill out the Sacramental Preparation Registration Form, submit a copy of your child's baptismal certificate, along with registration fees.