Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental Preparation at Sacred Heart is a four step process that supports the role of parents in passing on their faith to their children.  Families must be registered and active members of Sacred Heart before we are able to prepare for and celebrate the Sacraments.  Please join us.

Step One:  Child participates in our Sunday Morning “Classes Between the Masses” from 11:30am until 12:30 pm.  These classes begin the first weekend of October and continue throughout the year until the first weekend of May.  Children must participate for a least two full years before they can receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion. You can begin your preparation in First Grade if you wish to receive First Communion in the Second Grade.

Step Two:  Parents of children preparing to receive a Sacrament are also expected to attend a series of classes on the Sacraments.  This adult series explores the meaning of the Sacraments in our lives and provides practical ways to share our faith more fully with our children.  The Spanish classes for parents are held in the chapel during their children’s classes.  The English classes follow a different schedule.

Step Three:  During the second year of the program parents will receive a workbook that they are asked to take home and complete with their child.  The workbook provides an easy format for parents to discuss their faith with their child.  Plus it covers all of the elements that a child needs to know to be properly prepared to receive the sacrament.

Step Four:  On the Saturday before receiving First Reconciliation or First Eucharist, children and their parents bring their completed book to a special retreat so that we can review what they have learned and make final preparations for the celebration of the Sacrament itself.