Sacrament Information



SACRAMENT PREPARATION:   RECONCILIATION AND EUCHARIST

The Archdiocese requires that Sacraments be received in the parish in which the family is registered. Sacramental preparation is the joint effort of the Parents/Guardians, Parish, and Catechists. At present, we celebrate First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in Year 2. A Parent Sacrament Forum is held at the beginning of the PREP year to give faith formation enrichment to the Parents/Guardians and to go over necessary details for the reception of the Sacraments.


To share in communion for the first-time children must have “sufficient knowledge and careful preparation so as to understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity” (Code of Canon Law 913). Readiness is "determined in consultation among Priest, Parents/Guardians, Catechists, and child." 


In addition to the above, preparation for these sacraments includes the following: 

• Registration in STA parish or permission from your Pastor to receive the Sacrament/s at STA 

• Receipt of a copy of the Child’s Baptismal Certificate 

• Attendance scheduled Religious Education classes and Communion Retreat

• Attendance at Weekly Mass is expected

• Knowledge of all required prayers and understanding of the Eucharist Preparation Text 

• Readiness to receive the Sacrament 

• Parent/s’ attendance at the Parent Sacrament Forum

• Minimal absences (no more than 3)

*Application & Fee $65


SACRAMENT PREPARATION: CONFIRMATION 

It is the policy at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish that students continue their religious education uninterrupted (levels 1-6) through Confirmation. The Archdiocese requires that Sacraments be received in the parish in which the family is registered. Sacramental preparation is the joint effort of the Parents/Guardians, Parish, and Catechists. At present we celebrate Confirmation in the Fall of Year 8. A Parent Sacrament Forum is held at the beginning of the PREP year 7 to give faith formation enrichment to the Parents/Guardians and to go over necessary details for the reception of the Sacrament.  


In addition to the above, Confirmation preparation includes the following:: 

• Registration at STA or permission from your Pastor to receive the Sacrament at STA 

• Prior reception of Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and First Eucharist 

• Attendance at Weekly Mass is expected