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To be enrolled in the First Communion class a child must also have gone through the first grade program; and to be enrolled in the Confirmation class a child must have also have gone through, at least, the 7th grade program ( in addition to having prepared for and received the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist). It is preferable for a Confirmation Candidate to have participated in a continuous program of Faith Formation.


Parents are responsible for preparing their child to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. The programs are family based and are structured to assist parents in carrying out their sacred duty and privilege. Parents and children are expected to participate in a retreat day designed to assist them in preparing for First Reconciliation and another to assist them in preparing for First Eucharist. The Heartland Parishes of Ellis County and Holy Family


The Sacrament of Confirmation is normally received by youth in the ninth grade or older who have participated in an ongoing faith formation program. Candidates are expected to attend classes regularly, participate in preConfirmation retreats and be involved in church and community service. To ascertain whether they have sufficient information and are freely choosing to receive the sacrament, they are required to participate in an interview. Parents are expected to attend a parent session in the fall, a fall retreat and the rehearsal night prior to the Sacrament day.

(See “Faith Formation Calendar” for dates and times.)