Baptism, Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation, and Marriage all require special preparation. (For Baptismal preparation, parents should contact the rectory before the baby is born to arrange for class.)
St. Christopher's Church is committed to ensuring that every child receives a comprehensive religious education and is fully prepared to received the Sacraments of the Church.ﾠ Religious Education, just like secular education, is a building processes designed to prepare children for life.ﾠ If a child has missed a year or two religious instruction then they need to be brought up to speed before moving forward.ﾠ We off individualized education in a classroom setting to help students catch-up.ﾠﾠ It is unfair to a child to put them in a classroom where they will be lost and bored and/or leave them unprepared for the challenges of Christian life.
Reconciliation and First Communion preparation are integrated into the second grade curriculum. Please check pre-requisites. An additional time commitment is necessary during the preparation year for retreats, meetings and special events. It is strongly encouraged to attend Mass weekly. Keep this mind when planning your child's extra-curricular activities that year
Confirmation binds us more closely to our faith, strengthens our gifts of the Holy Spirit, and makes us full members of our Church. Students may enter the Confirmation Program starting in 8th grade. They must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and First Communion. Students must complete 6th, 7th and 8th grade religious education before entering our preparation program. Students who have not completed these classes at St. Christopher's Church should provide record of attending these classes and take a Student Survey to demonstrate proficient knowledge of their faith. Because a firm understanding of the Catholic faith is essential to making the Confirmation commitment, we highly recommend 7 years of religious education. Students must make a dedicated time commitment for this Confirmation program. Faithful attendance at Mass weekly is a MANDATORY requirement. Failure to attend Mass without a good reason will result in not being Confirmed. The full cooperation of every family is essential and will be greatly appreciated
Basic Knowledge of the Faith: Students must know basic prayers, the 7 Sacraments, the 10 Commandments, and the Precepts of the Church. If several years of religious education have been missed, students are required to take a survey to determine if knowledge of their faith is sufficient to begin Confirmation Preparation. The Catch-up class may be appropriate before beginning preparation. Contact the Coordinator of Religious Education with any questions/concerns regarding the Confirmation program
Preparation to receive the sacraments requires much more of the candidate than schooling in the basics of faith. While that aspect is important and is certainly provided very well in our Catholic Schools and CCD programs, much more is involved that is best provided in a Parish Setting.
Confirmation brings to fullness that life in the Holy Spirit into which we were first initiated at Baptism. Therefore, a comprehensive preparation for Confirmation necessitates proper planning of curriculum, serious teach-formation, Clergy participation, parental involvement, and the prayerful support of the total Parish community. Program components include study, service, retreat, and liturgy. Beyond just catechesis, our Parish program includes significant service project experiences; a retreat for enhanced religious formation; education in liturgy fostering active participation on the part of the candidates in special liturgies and celebrations of the Eucharist; and interviews to develop mutual relationships and understanding of the candidates’ readiness and willingness to be confirmed.
Confirmation is not a Sacrament that is chosen for us as in Baptism. It is a serious choice we must make on our own. It is a commitment we make to live in the fullness of faith. Such a commitment requires careful preparation and the support of the family and Parish community.
Confirmation Forms and Information
Parents As Primary Educators
Our Catholic Faith teaches us that parents are the educators of their children; your ﾠparticipation and support of religious education classes is vital.ﾠﾠ It is essential that you bring your child to Mass on Sundays, take them to Confession regularly, and pray with them each day.ﾠ Discuss with your child what he/she learned in class each Sunday.ﾠ Follow-up with additional reading and help your child relate what they have learned to their own lives. When possible, try to participate in parish activities.ﾠ This not only supports the parish but gives children a sense of belonging to our Parish Family. You are the greatest influence in your child's life. They will follow your example.
Diocesan policy requires students to complete a 1st grade religious education curriculum before entering Sacramental Preparation in 2nd grade. As always, please contact the Religious Education office should you have any questions or concerns in this regard to this policy.
During Sacrament Preparation, students will demonstrate their ability to pray an Act of Contrition, the Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Sign of the Cross and Meal time prayer. We recommend that parents help their children learn these prayers before classes being.
If your child was baptized at a parish outside of St. Christopher's we need a copy of their Baptismal certificate for our records. Student are required to have this on file before receiving 1st Reconciliation,ﾠ1st Communion and Confirmation. If your child has not been baptized, please contact Beth in the Rectory to schedule.410-643-6220
1st. Reconciliation and Eucharist
Students who have missed receiving a sacrament, 1st Eucharist, Reconciliation and/or Confirmation, or who have missed a year/several of religious education may need to attend our Catch-up class. This provides one-on-one education tailored to meet a student's specific needs.
Contact the Coordinator of Religious Education, Katie Sukley, for further information or call 410-643-8489.
Please note that Baptisms and adult RCIA are done separately through the rectory. 410-643-6220
Sacrament Prep Overview
Reconciliation & 1st Eucharist
St. Christopher's Church
1861 Harbor Dr.
Chester, MD 21619-0660
Parish Office: 410-643-6220
Hours: Mon.–Fri. ( 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.)