The Sacraments: Baptism, Reconciliation, First Communion & Confirmation
For information, registration, and fees, please download our 2019-2020 Programs for Children Registration Form.
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Preparation for the sacraments does not take place during catechism classes but in a separate program that includes the parents. Children may register for both programs.
In the Sacramental preparation at Holy Cross, a child’s initiation into the Catholic Church is completed in one big year with the reception of three sacraments – reconciliation, confirmation and first communion.
The process begins in September and culminates in May/June at a celebration held with the Archbishop where the children are confirmed and receive their first communion. First reconciliation takes place before Christmas.
Our program is family-based, meaning that parents are integrally involved in the preparation. A parent or godparent attends the sessions with the child and works at home with a family book. While children need to be at least in grade 2, the program is not tied to any grade level, but is based rather on the question, “Is my child ready?” In fact, we encourage you to wait until grade 3 unless your child is especially anxious to receive the sacraments. There is no need to rush your child. We offer this program every year. Because of the serious time commitment on the part of parents, you might also ask yourself, “Is my family ready”?
A confirmation program for older children who have had first communion but have not yet been confirmed is scheduled as needed.
Classes regularly meet on Wednesday evenings, every other week.
A parent meeting for those whose children will be preparing for the Sacraments will be on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the church basement.
Classes for those who register and attend the meeting will begin on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.