Sacraments of the Catholic Church


The Seven Sacraments

The seven sacraments are the life of the Catholic Church At Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, we prepare our children for three of them; Holy Communion, Confession, and Confirmation.

Each sacrament is an outward sign of an inward grace. When we participate in them worthily, each provides us with graces—with the life of God in our soul. In worship, we give to God that which we owe Him; in the sacraments, He gives us the graces necessary to live a truly human life.

The first three sacraments—Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion—are known as the sacraments of initiation, because the rest of our life as a Christian depends on them.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion


Children who were baptized as infants prepare for these sacraments in the second grade.  

The child’s religious education class (either in the school or PSR) focuses most of their time on preparation for these sacraments.  The second graders and their parents participate in a day of retreat prior to their First Eucharist.  Volunteers are needed to assist with this retreat day.

The Sacrament of First Reconciliation


Children who were baptized as infants prepare for these sacraments in the second grade.  

The child’s religious education class (either in the school or PSR) focuses most of their time on preparation for these sacraments.  The second graders and their parents participate in a day of retreat prior to their First Eucharist.  Volunteers are needed to assist with this retreat day.

The Sacrament of Confirmation


Children who were baptized as infants prepare for this sacrament in the eighth grade. 

The child being confirmed must be attending Sunday Mass as part of the preparation process in order to be confirmed.  Eighth graders preparing for this sacrament are asked to write a letter to the Bishop requesting the sacrament of Confirmation and to complete a shield that depicts some of their family background origin or outstanding qualities and virtues that pertain to them as Catholics.