Sacramental Preparation Guidelines

Baptism of Infants

Parents should prepare for the baptism of their infant with faith, prayer, and adequate understanding of the Sacrament of baptism.  This includes taking instructions with Sally Frantz and with Fr. Dean. The Church expects the parents to take responsibility to help their children come to know and love God, to share in the Eucharistic Celebrations and to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Godparents should be capable of such a responsibility.  They must be baptized and confirmed and members in good standing in the Catholic Church.  If married they must have been married by a priest and two witnesses or have had permission to be married before someone else.  Godparents must be active in the Catholic Church.

First Eucharist

The Sacrament of Eucharist is the culmination of the three sacraments of Initiation, and we are called to honor it as the source and summit of the Christian life.  Children’s preparation for the first reception of the Eucharist begins in the home.  The family has the most important role in communicating the Christian values that form the foundation for a child’s understanding of the Eucharist.  Formal catechesis begins for students in the second grade.  This includes instructions and regular attendance at either a catholic grade school or CCD class, attendance at two Experience Days, and weekly Mass attendance.  The children will learn the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be prayers during this preparation time.  Attendance at two parent sessions is expected.  A baptismal certificate is required of those children that were not baptized at St. Joseph the Worker Church.  This sacrament unites us closely with Jesus and nourishes our life in Christ received at Baptism.