Click the link below for the 2023-24 Faith Formation Handbook:
First Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation
Faith Formation in the parish involves all of us who participate in the liturgy, adults as well as children, in deepening our relationship with the Lord and understanding of the faith. It is in the family that children are introduced to the practice of the faith and we expect families to remain involved in the religious education program for grades Kindergarten-Tenth.
The families of those preparing to receive First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion attend at least two consecutive years of faith formation. At the beginning of year two, they attend an additional Sacramental Preparation session one Sunday of each month.
First Reconciliation is celebrated during Lent and First Holy Communion in May. All families involved must be registered members. You may register at the Parish Office or download a registration form.
In order to enrich the sacramental life of the parish and to provide more effective catechesis preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, it will be a two year program. Beginning in grade nine, culminating in the reception of the sacrament at the end of grade ten. Two consecutive years of Faith Formation are required before receiving the Sacrament. Please CLICK HERE to read the letter from Bishop Frank J. Dewane about the changes in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Baptism. Please contact the Religious Education Office and arrange to meet with the DRE.
First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion
Frequently asked questions about First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation are answered throughout the Sacramental Preparation classes.
Frequently asked questions about Confirmation are answered throughout the Sacramental Preparation classes.
OCIC: Order of Christian Initiation for Children
OCIC - Non-Baptized
Non-Baptized grade-school aged children aged seven or over should enroll in OCIC (Order of Christian Initiation for Children). This is a two year Faith Sharing program.
Catholic school students
Catholic school students who wish to receive their sacraments at St. Francis Xavier Parish are required to attend Sacramental Preparation classes only.
Home-schooled children using a Catholic-based curriculum, who wish to receive their sacraments at St. Francis Xavier Parish, are required to attend the Sacramental Preparation classes only.
Contact: Michael Reardon in the Religious Education Office at
(239) 223-4757 or email to: [email protected]