We deepen and enrich our relationship with God and with our community of faith when we celebrate a sacrament.
Sacraments of Initiation — Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist
Information regarding the sessions below may be found on the “Christian Formation” page of the weekly bulletin. Questions? Please contact Beth Thompson at (702) 871-1904.
One is fully initiated into our Roman Catholic Faith when all three sacraments have been received.
Jesus said: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We first enter the Roman Catholic Community through the sacrament of Baptism.
How do I/we prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism?
Infant and children under the age of 7 years:
Baptisms of infants and young children are celebrated during our Sunday liturgies two times a month. We do not celebrate baptisms during the Season of Lent.
A baptism may not be scheduled until the following requirements are met:
- The family must register in the parish and attend mass for six weeks.
- The parents must attend our parish baptism class after fulfilling the requirement above.
- The godparents must attend a baptism class at their parish or at Christ the King.
Children age 7 and above:
The Rite of Christian Initiation of the Roman Catholic Church asks that those children who have reached age 7 and above be fully initiated into the faith community. This means they must be prepared to receive Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil.
- Family must be registered and actively participating in our faith community, this includes regular attendance at our Sunday liturgy.
- Student is attends their age-level Religious Education classes on a regular basis for one year prior to the year they celebrate the sacrament.
- Student is attending their age-level Religious Education Sacrament class the second year, participating in the scheduled Rites and Sunday dismissals and participating with their parents/guardians in the mandatory family sessions.
Adults (See RCIA)
First Holy Communion
At the Passover meal Jesus took the bread and said: “Take this and eat, this is my body.” He then took the cup and said: “Take this and drink, this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
What are the requirements to receive First Holy Communion?
- Student must be in second grade or above.
- Family must be registered and actively participating in our faith community, this includes regular attendance at our Sunday Liturgy.
- Student is attending their age-level Religious Education classes on a regular basis for one year prior to the year they celebrate the sacrament.
- Student is attending their age-level Religious Education Sacrament class the second year and participating with their parents/guardians in the mandatory family sessions.
How do adults prepare to receive this sacrament?
- Adults who are baptized Roman Catholic refer to “Confirmation.”
- Adults who were baptized in other Christian Faiths or who have not been baptized see “RCIA.”
“Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.” “Peace be with you.”
Teens who are in tenth grade and above may receive this sacrament. See “High School Youth Ministry” for an explanation of requirements.
What are the requirements for adults who were baptized Catholic?
- Person must be registered and actively participating in our faith community, this includes regular attendance at our Sunday Liturgy.
- Person must provide a copy of their baptismal certificate.
- Person must attend the scheduled Adult Confirmation Sessions on a regular basis and fulfill the requirements outlined at these sessions.
RCIA—The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
A journey of faith; a journey into the Roman Catholic Faith Community for those adults (above the age of 18) who are not baptized or who have been baptized in another Christian Faith.
This journey is marked by stages that are separated by Rites that are celebrated within the faith community at appropriate times.
How do I begin this journey?
Stage 1 — Non-Catholic Inquiry
- These sessions are held each Monday night in Room 5 of the Activity Center; excluding Federal Holidays and the Monday after Easter when our offices are closed.
- Individuals are free to join us at any time.
These sessions are :
- A dialogue between the facilitator and the inquirer.
- An opportunity to seek answers to your questions about our faith.
- An opportunity to learn what we believe.
- An opportunity to discover how God is working in your life.
- An opportunity to discern whether you want to become Roman Catholic.
These sessions are not:
- Formal classes
- Marked by tests or exams
After an appropriate period, which varies with each individual, and the discernment that the individual wants to move forward, a rite is scheduled during a Sunday Liturgy:
- A Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate for those who are not baptized.
- A Rite of Welcome for those who are baptized in other Christian Faiths.
Stage 2 — Sunday Dismissals
- Individuals are dismissed after the homily from Sunday Liturgy to go with a catechist and further reflect on the Word of God heard during the liturgy and its meaning and impact on their life.
- Individuals continue to learn about our faith, our prayer life and our responsibilities and a member of the community through these sessions and deeper involvement in the faith community.
- The first Sunday of Lent, those who choose to continue the journey celebrate a Rite of Sending at Sunday Liturgy at which they sign the Book of the Elect. That afternoon, they gather with the Elect from all the churches in our Diocese at the Cathedral to participate in the Rite of Election. They are presented to the Bishop and are affirmed for their decision.
Stage 3 — The Lenten Period of Purification and Enlightenment up to Easter Vigil
- Individuals Continue their Sunday Dismissals
- Individuals participate in prayer and discernment opportunities.
- Individuals will celebrate Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
❈Stage 2 (for those baptized in other Christian Faiths)
- Those who are baptized Christian will join the Adult Confirmation Process.
- Discernment will continue during this process.
Those individuals who are baptized in other Christian Faiths will come into Full Communion at various times throughout the year through a profession of faith and the celebration of Confirmation and First Holy Communion at a Sunday Liturgy.