Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental Preparation

For more information on Sacramental Celebrations for Children, please contact Carol Daun, Director of Child and Family Ministry, cdaun@stmattoc.org or 414-762-4200 ext. 13.

Preparing for the sacraments of First Eucharist and Reconciliation

The Archdiocese guidelines state that one-year of religious education is needed before preparing for these sacraments.  Children generally prepare for the sacraments of reconciliation and First Eucharist during second grade, provided that the child has been attending religious education the previous year.

Children interested in becoming Catholic

Children age 7 or above, who are interested in being baptized, are invited to explore the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) process.  This process follows the format of the adults wishing to be baptized, but is adapted to fit the child’s age level.  This process generally lasts 2 years and does require the participation of either the child’s parent(s) or another adult with whom the child has a close relationship.  This process is designed to meet the needs of the family.  Please contact the Director of Child and Family Ministry to learn more.

Older Children Celebrating First Reconciliation and Eucharist

Although many children celebrate these sacraments around age 7, children older than 7 are also invited to this as well.  Please contact the Director of Child and Family Ministry to discuss your individual situation.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word [CLOW]

During the second weekend of the month, at both the 4:00 and 9:30 Masses, children ages 4-10 are invited to participate in Children’s Liturgy of the Word.  One of our CLOW leaders will take the children into the gathering space and share the readings with them from the Children’s Lectionary.  They are the same readings that the adults will hear, but written in more child-friendly language.  The children are then led in a discussion about the readings and, if time allows, the children are able to work on Children’s worship bulletins that include word games and puzzles that focus on the theme of the day’s gospel.