What is the Holy Eucharist?
Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist make up the three sacraments of initiation. They are considered the foundation of the Christian life. At Confirmation, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit and we receive in abundance the gifts of the Holy Spirit which we first received at Baptism. The Holy Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our Faith and the way in which we most closely unite ourselves to God.
In the Diocese of Phoenix, we have Restored Order for receiving the Sacraments of Initiation. This means that children generally receive Confirmation and First Holy Eucharist together in third grade.
At Saint Bernadette, children enroll in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to prepare to receive Confirmation and First Holy Eucharist. Children must have received a minimum of one year of formation prior to the year they prepare for these sacraments.
Any middle school youth or high school teen who wishes to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation may do so through the EDGE or LifeTeen programs. Requirements include attending all scheduled sessions, participating in a weekend retreat, and completion of 10 community service hours.
Confirmation preparation will begin with a parent meeting in January. Contact Sammie Carel, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries.
Any adult ages 19+ are invited to participate in a special formation series to prepare them to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
If you are an adult who desires to be Confirmed, please contact Shirley Smalley at 480-905-4434 for an initial interview.
"For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in Him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me."
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