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 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 on the Octave of Easter.
The Baptism of Infants is celebrated on the first Saturday of the month, except during Lent, at 10:00 a.m., and during Sunday Masses in the Easter season―for children of registered parishioners who participate in a program of formation.
First Confession and First Communion are normally celebrated in Grade 2, but 2 full years (August-May) of participation in PSR are required, beginning in Grade 1. Special programs (Seekers Grades 4-9) are offered for older children who need to be prepared for these sacraments.
Confirmation is conferred upon young people in the tenth-twelfth grade who express a personal desire for the sacrament of initiation and who demonstrate readiness by their regular Sunday worship, two full years participation (August-May) in the weekly high school program (including Alpha in the first year and Decision Point in the second year) along with a Confirmation retreat.
Archdiocesan requirements for preparation to receive these sacraments include the completion of two full years of Faith Formation (foundational prep) with a shorter duration, yet more intensive period of formation (immediate prep) right before receiving the sacrament. If this formation was not received at St. Lawrence during the 2016-17 program year an official letter (or transcript) of attendance from your previous parish must be submittted to the Faith Formation office to be placed for 2nd year immediate sacramental preparation.