Welcome to the Sacramental Preparation Program!
An Understanding of the Sacraments
“The saving words and deeds of Jesus Christ are the foundation of what he would communicate in the Sacraments through the ministers of the Church. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Church recognizes the existence of Seven Sacraments instituted by the Lord. They are the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist), the Sacraments of Healing (Penance/Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick), and the Sacraments at the Service of Communion (Marriage and Holy Orders). Through the Sacraments, God shares his holiness with us so that we, in turn, can make the world holier” (USCCB.org).
“We recognize that the Sacraments have a visible and invisible reality, a reality open to all the human senses but grasped in its God-given depths with the eyes of faith. When parents hug their children, for example, the visible reality we see is the hug. The invisible reality the hug conveys is love. We cannot “see” the love the hug expresses, though sometimes we can see its nurturing effect in the child” (USCCB.org).
Preparing to receive the sacraments is a unique and spiritually enriching time in a person’s life. Full of meaningful moments, the experience creates special opportunities for the entire family to affirm and celebrate their faith. The Most Precious Blood Formation Team has developed programs and uses resources to encourage and guide our young people on this faith journey.
Children’s Sacramental Preparation
The Church has long held that parents/guardians are the primary educators of their children. Parents, with the support of the pastor and the Faith Formation team, are responsible for preparing their children for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and Confirmation & First Communion in the Restored Order. This is a time of obvious growth in faith for children, but also an opportunity to renew and deepen your personal faith as you engage in this process together. Don’t worry, we won’t leave you on your own! During the mandatory parent meetings, we will offer some basic sacramental understanding as well as resources to guide your child through the sacramental preparation. We also believe that our daily family life experiences are the basis for sacramental formation – we experience the graces of the Sacraments as part of the “domestic church”.
Sacrament formation is a parish sponsored process offered to the families of children who were baptized as infants and are currently involved in a continuing faith formation process. If you are a registered member of Most Precious Blood Parish, you may register your child to celebrate the sacraments. Children must be enrolled in the FAITH program OR attend a Catholic School AND participate in an additional program to prepare for the sacraments.
Questions regarding sacrament preparation may be directed to the Faith Formation Team (firstname.lastname@example.org).