Eucharist (First Communion)
In Holy Eucharist we receive Jesus himself in the form of bread and wine. The Catechism quotes the council of Trent stating, “In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained." CCC1374 Council of Trent (1551): DS 1651.
Because the Diocese of Phoenix confers sacraments in the “Restored Order,” Confirmation and First Communion are both given in 3rd grade. (See Restored Order below). Reconciliation, Confirmation & First Communion classes are also provided for children in older grades who still need the sacrament(s).
"How many of you say: I should like to see His face, His garments, His shoes. You do see Him, you touch Him, you eat Him. He gives Himself to you, not only that you may see Him, but also to be your food and nourishment."
- St. John Chrysostom
"If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion."
- St. Maximilian Kolbe
Reconciliation, also known as Confession or Penance, is where the person confesses their sins to Christ through the priest and receive absolution (forgiveness of sins). Preparation for the sacrament begins in 2nd grade. Reconciliation classes are also provided for children in older grades who still needs preparation for the sacrament.
In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.
- St. Thomas Aquinas
Be filled with the Holy Spirit” (Eph 5:16)
“Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptism graces: It roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, ‘Abba! Father!’; Unites us more firmly to Christ; It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us; It renders our bond with the church more perfect; It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by work and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ bodly, and never be ashamed of the cross.”
RCIC (For the Unbaptized)
Children 4th Grade and up who desire to become Catholic and need baptized, receive Faith Formation through the Right of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) process. This differs from infant baptism since the child has developed some capacity of reason and can begin to some degree speaking for themselves the desire to be baptized. Children are instructed in the Catholic faith and welcomed into the Church at the Easter Vigil.
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),4 and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.” CCC 1213