Family Faith Formation

Sacramental Preparation

In accordance with diocesan guidelines, each sacrament requires a TWO YEAR preparation period. Parents are required to attend designated gatherings for preparing children for each sacrament.

First Reconciliation

The catechesis for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a gradual process beginning in Grade One, with attitudinal development. Year 2 begins with a catechesis of the Sacrament: God’s love for all creation, the human condition, awareness of sin, and the desire for God’s forgiveness. The sacrament is celebrated in November.

First Eucharist

Preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist is rooted in the Level One curriculum. The second semester of Level Two begins the catechesis for this sacrament. This teaching is heightened through the order of the Mass. Students will be issued “Mass Ports” and are required to receive at least 12 STAMPS by attending Mass. The Sacrament is celebrated at the conclusion of the second year. A student, enrolled in a sacramental preparation year, who misses more than FOUR CLASSESmay not be allowed to celebrate the Sacrament.

Evangelization Project

Children who are baptized, but for various reasons have not received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, are enrolled into this program. This two-year process allows older students (Grade 3-6) to learn in a nurturing environment. Upon completion, students are placed in the appropriate grade level.



Do you have a child who is baptized, but has not attended Faith Formation classes?

Do you have a child who is not baptized and has not attended Faith Formation classes?

St. Walter Parish has an EVAN program designed specifically for your child.

Under the guidance of a team of faith-filled catechists, your child will learn to develop their prayer life, have an introduction to worship and learn the basic doctrines of our Faith. Your child will also be prepared to receive the Sacraments of Initiation, as well as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. EVAN is a two year program.

After receiving their Sacraments, the children will continue with their faith formation sessions through 8th grade. They will also be encouraged to participate in the youth group when they enter high school. It is important that they continue their spiritual studies as they continue to grow in understanding of who they are and who Jesus is for them. The children will continue learning how to trust in God and to comfortably pray with Jesus. They will develop an appreciation of what the Sacraments will mean to them as they grow in life’s experiences. Learning and living the principles of our Catholic faith is a lifelong process.

EVAN sessions are held on Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. from September through April. 

Your family must be registered in our parish before registering for the EVAN faith formation class.

Rite of Christian Initation of Adults for Children

Unbaptized children, who have reached the age of reason, are enrolled in this process. According to Canon Law, these children are baptized, confirmed, and receive the Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. The director’s permission is required.