Sacraments of Initiation


THE CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS follows the restored rites of the ancient Catechumenate. A community of inquirers forms each fall, and proceed to Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at Easter. Adult Catholics seeking Confirmation or Eucharist also participate in this process.

THE CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF CHILDREN age seven and older takes place in a community of young inquirers who prepare for Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.

THE BAPTISM OF INFANTS is celebrated on the first Saturday of each month, except during Lent, at 10:00 a.m., and at Sunday Mass (and Saturday Vigil Masses) during the Easter season for children of registered parishioners who participate in a program of formation. Call the parish office for further information.

FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION are normally celebrated in Grade 2. The Archdiocese of Atlanta requires two years of foundational faith formation preceding the celebration of First Holy Communion. Children and youth that are batized in the Catholic faith in higher grades who need to be prepared for these sacraments will need to notify the Faith Formation department when enrolling  and will be prepared for these sacraments within the grade appropriate faith formation program.

CONFIRMATION is conferred upon young people in the tenth grade who express a personal desire for the sacrament of initiation and who express a personal desire for the sacrament of initiation and who demonstrate readiness by their regular Sunday worship, participation in the weekly Sunday night teen program and the parish Confirmation retreat.