The Sacraments, instituted by Christ the Lord and entrusted to the Church, are actions of both Christ and the Church. They are the signs and means by which the faith is expressed and strengthened, worship is rendered to God, and the sanctification of humankind is effected. Therefore, both the sacred ministers and the rest of the Christian faithful must employ the greatest reverence and necessary diligence in their celebration (Code of Canon Law, can. 840).
It is for the Church alone to approve or define those things which are required for their validity, lawful celebration, administration, and reception. Sacred ministers cannot refuse the Sacraments to those who ask for them at appropriate times if they are properly disposed and are not prohibited by law from receiving them. Pastors of souls and their collaborators have the duty to see that those who seek the Sacraments are prepared to receive them by the necessary evangelization and catechetical formation (Code of Canon Law, cann. 841 & 843).
Preparing Children for the Sacraments
At St. Charles Borromeo, we assist and support parents, who are the first educators of the faith for their children. Our program of preparation for receiving the Sacraments runs parallelly to our ongoing faith formation of children and teens. Parents may enroll their children in the parish’s preparation programs for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation, and Baptism of Non-Infant Children at the appropriate ages and when they are ready according to the norms enunciated for each Sacrament.
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Registration forms for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation
can be found under the corresponding Sacraments above.