Why is it Important to Prepare to Receive a Sacrament?

At Our Lady of Grace, there is a strong tradition of sacramental preparation; in fact many families have had multiple generations formed in the faith and prepared for receipt of the sacraments here. While we believe strongly in our traditions, it is important to note that Our Lady of Grace follows the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis norms with regard to all persons preparing to celebrate the sacraments of Penance, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation.

Archdiocesan norms for the Sacrament of Penance and The Celebration of First Holy Communion
Archdiocesan norms for the Celebration of Confirmation   

Sacrament of Penance and Celebration of First Holy Communion

Our Lady of Grace welcomes children to prepare for the Sacraments of Penance and First Holy Communion beginning in 2nd grade.  In keeping with the archdiocesan norms, Our Lady of Grace holds the following traditions regarding sacramental preparation.

Children preparing to celebrate First Penance must:

  • be baptized Catholic;
  • be a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church;
  • have reached 7 years of age;
  • participate in faith formation either through attendance at a Catholic School, or parish faith formation program for 2 consecutive years;
  • participate in the parish preparation process for First Penance, usually involving parent and child formation sessions, as well as practice sessions

Children preparing to celebrate First Holy Communion must meet all requirements for preparation for First Penance and:

  • have celebrated the Sacrament of Penance;
  • participate in parish preparation process for First Holy Communion, usually involving parent and child formation sessions, as well as practice sessions

If your child is not baptized Catholic, or you need more information about preparation for these sacraments, please email Stephanie Lloyd.

Sacrament of Confirmation

Our Lady of Grace welcomes youth to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 8th grade.  In keeping with the archdiocesan norms, Our Lady of Grace holds the following traditions regarding preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

Candidates preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation must:

  • be baptized Catholic;
  • be a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church;
  • have participated in faith formation either through attendance at a Catholic School, or a parish faith formation program for 3 consecutive years;
  • participate in the parish preparation process for Confirmation

If your child is not baptized Catholic, or you need more information about preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, please email Sr. Eileen.