Sacramental Preparation Overview

Welcome to St. Francis Xavier Religious Education. We are excited to help you and your children on this journey toward a deeper personal relationship with Christ and His Church.

Letter From our Pastor about Sacramental Preparation

Dear Family,

Thank you for choosing St. Francis Xavier for the ongoing religious formation for your family. We look forward to spending a faith-filled year with you and your child. In order to register your child(ren), one parent/guardian must be a registered parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Parish and be in good standing with the church.

The formation of a relationship with God is a life-long process. We encourage this formation through our multiple religious education programs at St. Francis Xavier. We have put together an amazing group of programs with nationally known directors and programs.

The programs are as follows:

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)

English Registration: http://sfxphx.org/cgs-acknowledgement
Spanish Registration: http://sfxphx.org/cgs-reconocimiento

  • If your child is 3 years old through the 5th grade and already baptized or 3 years old through 7 years old and unbaptized, they would attend CGS. In accordance with Diocesan policy, children in CGS must complete one year of religious education prior to the year that they prepare for a Sacrament.
  • Sessions begin the week of September 11, 2017.

Rite Of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)

  • If your child is 8 years old through the 5th grade and has never been baptized, they would attend Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS).
  • For more information please contact Mindy Longwell 602-212-4530.

EDGE with Sacramental Preparation

EDGE Registration: http://sfxphx.org/edge-registration

  • If your child is in the 6th-8th grade, they will be required to attend our EDGE Youth Program. In addition, if your child is in need of First Eucharist and/or Confirmation, they must attend one year of EDGE prior to the year that they prepare for their sacraments. In the second year, your child will attend EDGE and a sacrament preparation class. Please contact Danielle Burr for more information: danielle.burr@sfxsj.org or 602-212-4529.
  • EDGE kickoff will be on September 12th at 6:30p-8pm in Anderson Hall, St. Francis Parish Center.
  • Regular EDGE meetings will be on Tuesdays from 6:30-8pm. EDGE will be held in Anderson Hall, St. Francis Parish Center.
  • Please register for EDGE on our website or at our front desk.

LifeTeen with Sacramental Preparation

Life Teen Registration: http://sfxphx.org/lifeteen-registration

  • If your child is in the 9th-12th grade, they will be required to attend our Life Teen Youth Program. In addition, if your child is in need of First Eucharist and/or Confirmation, they must attend one year of Life Teen prior to the year that they prepare for their sacraments. In the second year, your child will attend Life Teen and a sacrament preparation class. Please contact Danielle Burr for more information: danielle.burr@sfxsj.org or 602-212-4529.
  • Life Teen kickoff will be on September 10th, beginning with 5pm Teen Mass and then from 6:15pm-8pm in Anderson Hall, St. Francis Parish Center.
  • Regular Life Teen meetings will be on Sundays following the 5:00pm Mass from 6:15pm-8:00pm. Life Teen will be held in Anderson Hall, St. Francis Parish Center.
  • Please register for Life Teen on our website or at our front desk.

All of the Religious Educational Programs at St. Francis Xavier will use the registration form found in the link below. There may be scholarships available based on individual need. Please contact us for more information on fees and scholarships. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our front desk at 602-279-9547.

Thank you again and we look forward to spending the next year together.

Fr. Daniel Sullivan, SJ Pastor

If your Child is Already Baptized

According to Diocesan recommendations, a child must first have one year of Religious Education prior to the year of preparation for a Sacrament, it is a two year process.

It is most beneficial for children to begin strengthening their relationship with God as young as possible. For this reason we offer religious education beginning at age 3; to receive the Sacraments at the usual time they ought to be enrolled in Religious Education by first grade to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (Confession) in second grade and Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist (Communion) in third. We recognize that not all children enter religious Education in first grade so no matter their grade they will register for one of the following:

Each program has its own rules regarding participation and attendance. Please check with the leaders of your program to be sure of the policies.

If your Child is 8+ Years Old and NOT Baptized

Your child will need two years of Religious Education. They will be in either:

In their second year they would receive all of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion).

Who can Participate in Religious Education at St. Francis Xavier?

Religious education classes are open to registered active parishioners and individuals living within our parish boundaries. In order to be considered a registered, active parishioner at St. Francis Xavier, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Registered with the parish for at least 3 months. This is different than the Religious Education registration. A person can register with the parish on our website or at our front desk.
    Register Here
  • Regular, weekly attendance at a weekend mass at St. Francis Xavier. This is shown by submitting envelopes at each mass or giving to the offertory online. Please know the amount of your gift is inconsequential. Please give your envelope, even if it is empty; this way we know you were at mass.

Our parish boundaries are as follows: From Glendale Ave South to Thomas Rd and from 7th Ave East to 16th St.

To find out which parish boundaries you live in, please contact the Diocese of Phoenix at (602) 354-2000. They will ask for your address and then provide the information for your home parish.