Faith Formation: Sacramental Preparation



St. Mary’s offers comprehensive sacramental preparation for both children and adults.

INFANT BAPTISM: Baptisms in English are celebrated on the fourth Sunday of each month at 2 pm in the church. A class is required of the parents and godparents on either the second or third Wednesday of the month from 7 – 8:30 pm in the Juan Diego Room.

Parents must be active parishioners for at least 6 months or have recently moved to the area. Godparents must be sixteen years of age, confirmed and married in the Roman Catholic Church if they are married.

BAPTISM OF ADULTS OR CHILDREN SEVEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER: Anyone seven years of age or older is considered an adult in the eyes of the church and must participate in the Catechumenate (RCIA) Process. This is a one to three year process through which the candidate becomes familiar with our Catholic faith through participation in worship, prayer and class.

These RCIA classes meet on Sundays during the 10:30 am Mass until approximately 12:30 pm. Enrollment is ongoing throughout the whole calendar year and one may join the process at any time. Candidates are Baptized, Confirmed and receive First Holy Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. There is a separate program for children and adults. The program for children is oriented toward the catechesis of the whole family.

RECEPTION OF BAPTIZED NONCATHOLICS INTO THE CHURCH: These candidates participate in the Sunday RCIA process, however, are received into the church, Confirmed, and receive First Holy Eucharist after an appropriate period of catechesis during a Sunday Mass.

FIRST HOLY EUCHARIST AND FIRST RECONCILIATION FOR CHILDREN: This is a two year process here at St. Mary’s. Normally the child would attend the first and second grades and receive these sacraments in the second grade. However, children may join at any age and participate for the two years as part of their comprehensive religious education through the eighth grade.

YOUTH CONFIRMATION CLASSES: This is a two year program for high school students, extending from September through May. Contact Marissa Garcia, Youth Director, to register your child for these classes

ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES: These classes are for baptized Catholic adults 18 years of age or older. This is a twelve week program of classes, ending with a retreat that takes place from January through April, culminating wit9 Confirmation by the bishop in the spring. Adults who have not received their First Holy Eucharist may also attend these classes.

MARRIAGE: Please contact the parish office at least 6 – 9 months prior to the wedding for preparation for the marriage.