Sacramental Preparation for Children

Baptized children can receive the sacraments at age 7 (“the age of reason”), usually in their second grade year.  

To prepare for the sacraments, a child must:

  • Be Baptized Catholic or other recognized denomination (a list of recognized denominations is available in the Parish Office).
  • Be a member of the parish at which he or she will be receiving the sacraments.
  • Be at least seven years old at the time of reception of the sacraments.

Confirmation:  The timing of the celebration of Confirmation in the Saginaw Diocese is currently under study by the bishop and an advisory committee to determine whether it should be left in the second grade or moved to an older age.  We’ll keep you updated on how this study develops.

First Reconciliation: First Reconciliation preparation begins in October with a Parent-Child Session that includes family prayer, activities for kids, information for parents, and registration for the program.  Families may choose to attend either of two dates for this event.  During October and November, families work together at home on their First Reconciliation books.  In early December, the children gather at church for their Reconciliation Jesus Experience Day when they participate in retreat-style activities and celebrate the sacrament.

First Eucharist: First Eucharist preparation is similar to Reconciliation, with Parent-Child Sessions offered in February and early March, family book work at home during March and April, and a Eucharist Jesus Experience Day at the end of April.  At the end of May, we’ll have a required practice day and First Eucharist Mass on a Sunday afternoon.

For more information about Sacramental Preparation, contact Corinne Cathcart.

Sacramental Preparation Calendar

Reconciliation Parent-Child Session (choose 1)
October 9, 9:30am  OR
October 17, 2:00pm

Reconciliation Jesus Experience Day
December 4, 9:00am

Eucharist Parent-Child Session (choose 1)
February 26, 9:30am   OR
March 6, 2:00pm

Eucharist Jesus Experience Day
April 30, 9:00am

First Eucharist Practice
May 21, 10:00am

First Eucharist Mass
May 22, 2:00pm

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