Sacramental Preparation for Adults and Teens (Baptism, Confirmation, 1st Eucharist, 1st Confession)
A variety of situations arise in which an adult or older child desires to receive the Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church. Good news, Sacramental Preparation is definitely not limited to children! Whether you are someone who was baptized as a baby and has not yet completed your initiation, an unbaptized person who has recently come to faith in Jesus Christ, or a member of another Christian Denomination who is seeking full communion with the Catholic Church, there is a path for you to deepen your relationship with God and receive the Sacraments of the Church!
All Adult Sacramental Preparation begins with a personal interview with the Coordinator of Religious Education. After hearing your story, learning more about your faith life, and coming to an understanding of your situation, the coordinator will put together a plan for your next steps. This will likely include but may not be limited to: study of sacred scripture and sacred tradition(catechism), building a personal prayer regimen, and other preparation specific to the sacraments you will receive. Whenever possible the process will have both group and individual components.
What to expect if I am…
…Unbaptized: Rite of Christian Initiation For Adults (RCIA)
Those who are no longer infants and have not yet received any sacraments are prepared for the sacraments through a process known as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA. The process includes a gradual education of the whole person to the Christian way of living. It includes study of the faith, growth in the life of prayer and Christian ethics, integration into the Christian community, and various liturgical celebrations which mark the stages of the process. The process usually takes 2 years and can be expedited in some circumstances. Children above age 7 and teens who have their parents’ consent and wish to be baptized will undergo a modified version of the process suited to their age and maturity level.
What to expect:
- The Adventure of a Lifetime
- Courses of Study in both Scripture and Catholic Doctrine
- Personal attention and discernment to help you practically hear and follow the call of God in your life
- Engagement with the Christian community in various ways
- Liturgical rites marking the different stages of the process
- Hope, New Life, and Renewal in Christ
…Baptized in Another Christian Church
The Catholic Church acknowledges the valid Baptisms of a variety of Christian Communities with whom we are not fully united in belief and practice. While acknowledging the painful and substantial divisions which still exist between the various Christian Communities and praying for the eventual unity of all Christians, we also know the grace of the Holy Spirit is at work in all who believe in Christ. We welcome those who on their faith journey feel drawn to enter full union with the Catholic Church. Depending on the Candidate’s understanding and practice of Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular, an individualized plan will be crafted to help the Candidate understand Catholicism and to prepare him or her to enter into the sacramental life of the Church. Candidates often come into full communion during the Easter Season, but can come in at any time of the year, based on individual preparedness and circumstances.
…Catholics Completing their Initiation
All those who have received baptism can and should complete their Christian initiation by receiving the sacraments of confirmation and first eucharist. Because there are so many reasons people do not receive their sacraments there is not one process for adult Catholics who find themselves in this situation. After meeting with the Coordinator a particular preparation plan will be crafted to help you come to a deeper understanding and a full practice of your Catholic faith prior to receiving the sacraments of initiation.