First Reconciliation & First Eucharist
Preparation for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist take place during the student’s 2nd year of religion classes. All candidates must be enrolled in our parish Faith Formation classes or attend a Catholic school. Proof of the child’s baptism must be presented. Sacrament preparation is a separate program from the regular Faith Formation curriculum. Both parents and child are expected to participate. Age-appropriate materials are provided to be used at home in addition to the child’s classroom material. First Reconciliation retreats are held in October, and the First Eucharist retreats are held in January. Contact the Faith Formation Office (210) 341-1397 for more information or to register.
Confirmation for Teens
The following components make up a comprehensive Two Year Confirmation Preparation Process for Church of the Holy Spirit
Church of the Holy Spirit has a two-consecutive year process for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Preparation for this Sacrament begins in the 9th grade year of a student attending a Catholic or Public High School. A student in their first year of preparation will enroll in our Life Teen program, where it will lead them to a closer relationship with Christ. Students in their second year of preparation will enroll in our Chosen Confirmation program where they will be able to communicate their faith in a dynamic and life-changing way. Contact the Faith Formation Office (210) 341-1397 for more information or to register.
R.C.I.A. for Children & Teens
RCIA Adapted for Children and Teens is a process that is especially designed to bring children and teens into the Catholic Church. It is for individuals in 2nd grade and above who have never been baptized or who were baptized into a non-Catholic faith community. We require a minimum of two years of formation that prepares children to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Parents and guardians have a key role in the initiation process and are expected to be fully involved. Our hope is that parents will learn the benefits of bringing our Catholic faith and traditions into their homes and that the whole family will grow in faith together.
Family Sacrament Preparation
Children over the age of 11 years [in the 6th grade or higher] who have been baptized can participate in our Family Sacrament Preparation. This is a two-year program in which adolescents and teens attend age-appropriate classes to be prepared to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Contact the Faith Formation Office (210) 341-1397 for more information or to register.