Sacramental Preparation of Infants, Children and Teens
Infant & Young Children Baptism (Ages Infant - 7 years)
Parents desiring to have their children baptized at Holy Trinity must be registered and active parishioners for at least 3 months. Godparents must be confirmed Catholic, at least 17 years old, and in good standing with the Church. This link outlines the process.
Baptism of School Age Children
Preparation for the sacrament of Baptism for students in Grades 1 through 8 is conducted on an “as needed” basis. There are special classes for students preparing for this sacrament. Enrollment forms and calendars are available at the Faith Formation office.
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
The Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life, the Lord’s own sacrifice. In the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely, Christ himself. It is communion in the divine life. It is the culmination both of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship offered to Christ. It is the sum and summary of our faith. Eucharist completes the Christian Initiation. Catholics are encouraged to receive the Holy Eucharist regularly.
Any baptized Catholic child who has reached the age of reason (7 years of age and attended religious education classes for two consecutive years) is eligible to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist, usually referred to as First Communion.
- Parents must provide proof that the child has been baptized in the Catholic Church.(Baptismal certificate)
- The child must attend one year of Faith Formation prior to attending a sacrament preparation program provided at the parish.
- Parents will be expected to participate in a monthly class to help fully prepare them to guide their child through their journey towards their First Reconciliation (Confession) and First Holy Communion. (October-April)
- As primary educators of their children, parents are expected to bring their children to Mass and participate fully. The child should not leave before or during the Liturgy of the Eucharist because they will miss out on the very essence of the Mass and be deprived of the most important part of preparation which is learning from example.
Confirmation 9th-12th Grade
Sacramental Preparation of Adults
Please see our RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS page for information on the preparation process that leads to the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist for those eighteen years of age and older.
Sacramental Preparation for Marriage (See also our "Marriage" page)
We would like to help engaged couples to prepare well to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage in the Church. Please contact us at least six months in advance of any proposed wedding date to make arrangements for pre-marriage preparation and to register for the marriage preparation process. At least one party of the couple must be a registered member of Holy Trinity or have parents registered in our parish. You are advised not to set a wedding date until you have contacted the parish regarding eligibility. Your freedom to marry must also be established prior to the setting of a wedding date. Please call the parish office at (360) 377-7674 for further information or if you have questions.