Sacramental preparation is an important component of the Religious Education Program. There is a three-year preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist which begins in kindergarten. Kindergarten preparation consists of being comfortable talking about God and creation, knowing we are part of God's family, experiencing the church environment and simple rituals, and beginning to learn basic prayers. First Reconciliation preparation begins the second semester of first grade, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation is received in the fall of second grade. Older students receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation after proper preparation and with proper intention. Parents of older students meet with the RE Director to be involved in at-home preparation. Older students may receive the sacrament on any Saturday from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. when they have an understanding of the sacrament. There are three consecutive years of preparation (usually beginning in kindergarten) for the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Confirmation is received in eighth grade, and the preparation process begins in sixth grade. After Confirmation, students still continue to attend religious education classes until the last session in April. The time is important to remember faith formation is a life-long journey.