ST. John the Baptist sacramental preparation

Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation

The universal Church along with our local ordinary has requested that all sacramental preparations be completed within the parish community.

With this directive in mind and in an attempt to keep the integrity and character of each sacrament in tact, we ask families for some concrete ways in which the community can tangibly see our hearts, our homes, and our children being sufficiently disposed to begin sacramental preparations at St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish.

There are a some things that must be in place before a child can enter sacramental preparations at St. John’s:

  • Regular participation in the Sacramental life of the Church (ie., Sunday Liturgy and Holy Days of Obligation and Reconciliation)
  • Ongoing formation and catechesis sort. (ie., enrollment  in a Catholic School,enrollment in a Faith Formation program, or home-schooled curriculum)
  • For anyone who has not had an opportunity for ongoing formation of any sort, an individual formation plan will be created.

The above is considered remote preparation for sacraments and during the year or years leading up to the reception of  a sacrament, there are more immediate preparations that we ask children and families to be involved in through their home parish(es).

First, register your child for the sacramental preparation program at your home parish

Second, at St. John's there will be an application process.  This process will be explained at parent meetings in the fall of each school year.

Third, there will be required prayer opportunities, retreats, gift of self service opportunities, and educational experiences and materials to help each child prepare their hearts for reception of the sacrament being prepared for.  These sessions will be specific to each sacrament and handed out in preparation packets at the parent meeting in the fall of each year.

Who and When:

1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion immediate preparations and reception of the sacraments are usually completed during 2nd grade.

Confirmation immediate preparation usually begins in the fall of 9th grade and continues through the 10th grade with the reception of the sacrament in the spring of 10th grade.

Sacramental Preparation Fees (for both Faith Formation and Catholic school enrolled families): Parishioners—$60 Non-Parishioners—$80

NOTE: All specific dates and requirements will be published in the fall of each school year and discussed at the specific parent meetings for each sacrament.  Register your child to get on the email list, watch the website and bulletin for info, or like us on Facebook!

The next step is to register for our sacramental preparation program, which accomplished together as a parish. Through prayer, education, and service experiences, children and youth learn specifically about the sacraments as they grow as Catholics living their faith in the world with hearts set toward eternity.

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Children usually receive First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in second grade. It is a home based catechetical program, where parents and children learn together. 

For detailed information about preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, please scroll down and click on the document "Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion" at the bottom left.



Young people are usually confirmed in tenth grade.  



Taylor Gruber
Director of Faith Formation
952.474.8868, ext. 207