Sacramental Programs

Sacramental Programs

First Reconciliation and Eucharist

Foundational preparation for these sacraments begins in First Grade. Therefore, enrollment in first grade is a pre-requisite for enrollment in second grade. Immediate preparation for the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist occurs in the second grade. This preparation is the core of the second grade curriculum. The sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in the Fall, and First Eucharist is celebrated during the Easter season. Sacraments are, by their very nature, parish celebrations so children from both St. Peter School and St. Peter PSR will celebrate the reception of these sacraments together. Informational parent meetings are held for every sacrament.  Please contact Coordinator Jan Hartmann jhartmann@stpeterkirkwood.org .

Confirmation

The sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in the eighth grade. Confirmation preparation begins in seventh grade with important background mini-courses. The immediate preparation for Confirmation in eighth grade includes PSR classes as well as parish Sunday sessions, retreat, rehearsal and the celebration of the sacrament along with St. Peter school eighth graders and private school students. Confirmation is part of the eighth grade curriculum of the Parish School of Religion with opportunities to gather with the 8th grade students from St. Peter School to experience community building and faith formation opportunities. Informational Parent meetings will be held in the Fall for 8th grade parents.   Please contact Coordinator Jan Hartmann jhartmann@stpeterkirkwood.org .

Parent Meetings for Sacraments

These meetings give us an opportunity to focus on the meaning and power of these sacraments.  AT LEAST ONE PARENT IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE MEETINGS.  Parental involvement is further encouraged through a variety of activities, which are described at the meetings. Regular attendance at Mass is a concrete way of our living out our commitment to worship with our parish faith community.  Therefore, regular attendance at Mass, as well as PSR classes, is a vital necessity for the children who are being led to fuller participation in the Church life, especially through the reception of First Communion.

It is the policy of St. Peter Parish that children preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation need to be in their second year of formal religious education (i.e., having been enrolled 1st as well as 2nd grade and having been in 7th as well as 8th grade.) Children who are not baptized need to be enrolled in RCIC, and children who are baptized, but have had no prior religious education are enrolled in Sacramental Preparation after one year in the PSR program.

All children must have celebrated the sacrament of Baptism prior to celebrating First Eucharist.  The Child’s baptismal certificate MUST be on file if the child was not baptized at St. Peter Parish in Kirkwood.

in 1st as well as 2nd grade and  having been in 7th as well as 8th grade.) Children who are not baptized need to be enrolled in RCIC, and children who are baptized, but have had no prior religious education are enrolled in Sacramental Preparation after one year in the PSR program.

(Children seeking Baptism and those beyond Grade 2 who desire to receive Reconciliation and Eucharist receive preparation through Linda Doyle, Director of Faith Formation.)

 (See the section below for “RCIC” and “Sacramental Preparation”.)

RCIC – Rite of Christian Initiation for Children

This program, which is parish based, provides sacramental preparation for children in grades 3-8 who have been enrolled in PSR for one year and have not celebrated the sacraments of Baptism or Eucharist. Please call Linda Doyle, Director of Faith Formation at 822-1347 for more information.

Sacramental Preparation

This parish-based program provides sacramental preparation for children in grades 3-8 who are baptized, have been enrolled in PSR classes for one year, but have not celebrated the sacraments of Eucharist or Reconciliation.

Please call Linda Doyle, Director of Faith Formation at

822-1347 for further information.