Rite of Christian initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA involves preparation for and celebration of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, which manifests the intimate relation of these sacraments to one another.

Christian Initiation of Children

The faith of parents who are Catholic, together with their intention to raise their child in that same Catholic faith, is a necessary prerequisite for celebrating this sacrament.



In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ. Young adults are confirmed in the 7th or 8th grade.


The Eucharist is the sacrament in which Christian initiation reaches its culmination, for in and through this sacrament, Christians are fully joined to Christ. Therefore, individuals preparing to receive Holy Communion should be mindful to hold the Blessed Eucharist in highest honor and to reverence the Sacrament with the greatest adoration.

Children are prepared for reception of the Eucharist during 2nd grade. Before receiving First Communion children first receive the Sacrament of Penance.

The Eucharistic Fast is limited to one hour before actually receiving the Eucharist. It pertains all solid food and all drinks, except water.