sacramental preparation

The first celebration of a Sacrament is a time when we acknowledge in a special way the child’s heightened awareness of the presence of God in his or her life. Because this is a family and parish celebration, preparation programs are designed with this in mind. Parent/guardian involvement in all aspects of the preparation process is essential. 

The Archdiocese of Chicago requires two years of formal Religious Education prior to the reception of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.

Thus, attendance is required in Grades 1 and 2 for the reception of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in Grade 2.

Attendance is required in Grades 7 and 8 for the reception of

Confirmation in Grade 8.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated for the first time in Second Grade; preparation begins in First Grade. The sacrament is revisited during the Fourth Grade Year when the students receive the major catechesis for the sacrament. 

Sacrament of First Eucharist

The Sacrament of Eucharist is celebrated for the first time in Second Grade; enhanced instruction continues in following grades. 

Sacrament of Confirmation

The reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in Eighth Grade with completion of the required two-year program, which begins in Seventh Grade. In addition to class attendance, candidates for the Sacrament are required to complete service hours, and participate in a retreat.