Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental preparation is the primary responsibility of your local parish, however with the support of the Diocese of St. Catharines, we are providing a sacramental preparation program through our Virtual Chapel.

Our recommended program for First Reconciliation & First Communion is an adaptation of the Dynamic Catholic "Blessed" Sacramental Preparation Program. Each session is comprised of 7 short videos and a journal response. A printable PDF for journaling at home can be downloaded here.

We've also a created program for Confirmation based on Dynamic Catholic's "Decision Point" Program. Each session is comprised of a video and a journal reflection.

Parent/Guardian Resources

Five Ways to Prepare Children for First Holy Communion

Domestic Church Project Podcast
The DCP Podcast is a place for Catholic Parents to get real about the struggles and joys of this vocation, and embrace our calling, together.\

Episode 2: I Am Not Qualified To Teach the Faith

Episode 3: I Don't Have Time To Teach the Faith

 

FIRST RECONCILIATION

  1. Welcome  VIEW  
  2. You Are Blessed  VIEW  
  3. Count Your Blessings  VIEW  
  4. My Journey with God  VIEW  
  5. From the Bible: Gratitude  VIEW  
  6. I Am Blessed. I Am Grateful.  VIEW  
  7. Closing Prayer  VIEW 

Journal Reflection
Dear Jesus, I am so blessed because . . .

  1. Happiness and Free Will  VIEW  
  2. Making Decisions  VIEW  
  3. The Greatest Commandment  VIEW  
  4. Temptation, Sin, and Grace  VIEW  
  5. From the Bible: Adam and Eve  VIEW  
  6. Follow Your Conscience  VIEW  
  7. Closing Prayer  VIEW  

Journal Reflection
Dear Jesus, I am the-best-version-of-myself when I . . .

  1. The Mess VIEW
  2. Jesus’ Birth and Childhood VIEW
  3. Jesus’ Ministry VIEW
  4. The Cross, Resurrection, and Ascension VIEW
  5. From the Bible: Pentecost VIEW
  6. You and the Church VIEW
  7. Closing Prayer VIEW

 Journal Reflection
Dear Jesus, learning about your life teaches me . . .

  1. God Loves Healthy Relationships VIEW
  2. Forgiveness VIEW
  3. What Is a Sacrament? VIEW
  4. What is Reconciliation? VIEW
  5. From the Bible: Our Father VIEW
  6. God Will Always Love You VIEW
  7. Closing Prayer VIEW

 Journal Reflection
Dear Jesus, I know you will always love me because . . .

  1. Great Moments in Life VIEW
  2. The Garden of Your Heart VIEW
  3. Preparation Matters VIEW
  4. The Five Steps VIEW
  5. From the Bible: The Prodigal Son VIEW
  6. First, but Not Last VIEW
  7. Closing Prayer VIEW

 Journal Reflection
Dear Jesus, when I think of you on the cross
I am thankful because . . .

  1. So Much to Look Forward To VIEW
  2. The Will of God and Happiness VIEW
  3. The Prayer Process VIEW
  4. The Power of Great Habits VIEW
  5. From the Bible: Jesus Went to a Quiet Place VIEW
  6. Be Grateful VIEW
  7. Closing Prayer VIEW

Journal Reflection
Dear Jesus, I feel so blessed to receive
my First Reconciliation because . . .

FIRST COMMUNION

  1. Keep Counting Your Blessings VIEW
  2. Your Journey with God Continues VIEW
  3. God Loves to Celebrate VIEW
  4. What Makes Sunday Special? VIEW
  5. From the Bible: Creation VIEW
  6. Listening to God at Mass VIEW
  7. Closing Prayer VIEW

    Journal Reflection
    Dear Jesus, Sundays are special because . . .

  1. The Ultimate Prayer VIEW
  2. God’s House VIEW
  3. The Third Commandment VIEW
  4. Listening to God VIEW
  5. From the Bible: The Road to Emmaus VIEW
  6. So Many Wonders VIEW
  7. Closing Prayer VIEW

    Journal Reflection

    Dear Jesus, I am excited to receive you in the Eucharist for the first time because . . .
  1. Overview of the Mass VIEW
  2. The Introductory Rites VIEW
  3. The Liturgy of the Word VIEW
  4. We Believe VIEW
  5. From the Bible: The Sower of Seeds VIEW
  6. Wear It Out VIEW
  7. Closing Prayer VIEW

    Journal Reflection
    Dear Jesus, You are the greatest teacher in history; I need your help understanding . . .

  1. Food for the Soul VIEW
  2. The Liturgy of the Eucharist VIEW
  3. Holy Communion VIEW
  4. The True Presence VIEW
  5. From the Bible: The Last Supper VIEW
  6. Jesus Is in You VIEW
  7. Closing Prayer VIEW

    Journal Reflection
    Dear Jesus, I know you will never leave me because . . .

  1. This Is a Special Day VIEW
  2. You’re Growing Up >VIEW
  3. Preparation Matters >VIEW
  4. The Eucharist Empowers Us to Do Great Things >VIEW
  5. From the Bible: The Visitation >VIEW
  6. Your First but Not Your Last >VIEW
  7. Closing Prayer >VIEWJournal Reflection
    Dear Jesus, I hope receiving you in the Eucharist inspires me to . . .
  1. Made for Mission VIEW
  2. Your Parish Family VIEW
  3. Go Make a Difference VIEW
  4. The Power of Prayer VIEW
  5. From the Bible: I Will Always Be with You VIEW
  6. Trusting God VIEW
  7. Closing Prayer VIEWJournal Reflection
    Dear Jesus, I want to spread your love because . . .

CONFIRMATION

Watch Video: https://www.dynamiccatholic.com/confirmation/decision-point-session-10-1.html 

Journal Reflection:  Like the other sacraments, Confirmation is an intimate encounter with Jesus Christ. Take some time to reflect. In a journal, online or on paper, write about which areas you need to work on in order to become the best version of yourself. Ask Christ to guide you in these areas as you prepare for your Confirmation.

Watch Video: https://www.dynamiccatholic.com/confirmation/decision-point-session-10-2.html

Journal Reflection:  In a journal, online or on paper, describe a time when you worked hard to prepare for something important. Why did you work so hard to prepare for it? Did your preparation make a difference?

Examine your conscience (using the link below) and then find time to go to Confession sometime before your Confirmation.
https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/education/catholic-contributions/examination-of-conscience-for-teenagers.html
When is the best time of your day for you to set aside time for a prayer?

Watch Video: https://www.dynamiccatholic.com/confirmation/decision-point-session-10-3.html

Journal Reflection: Choose 1 item from each list and online or on paper, describe why these two things are important to you or why you are looking forward to receiving them through your Confirmation.

Ways Confirmation will change you:

  1. Better relationships (increasing self knowledge, emotional intelligence and spiritual intelligence)
  2. A sense of mission
  3. The perfect career path
  4. Inner peace
  5. Great decision making
  6. Discipleship

Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

  1. Wisdom
  2. Understanding
  3. Counsel or Right Judgement
  4. Fortitude or Courage
  5. Knowledge 
  6. Piety
  7. Fear of the Lord or Reverence

Watch Video: https://www.dynamiccatholic.com/confirmation/decision-point-session-10-5.html

Journal Reflection: “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15) What might be holding you back from putting God first in your life? In a journal, online or on paper, describe the steps that you would take to work towards preventing you from putting this above God.

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