Sacramental Catechesis


The preparation for and celebration of sacraments are an important and privileged encounter with God's grace.

The National Directory for Catechesis (p. 114) states:

Dioceses and parish should present sacramental catechesis that

  • Is a comprehensive and systematic formation in the faith, one that integrates knowledge of the faith with living the faith
  • Is fundamentally Trinitarian and centers on initiation into the life of the Triune God
  • Presents Christian life as a lifelong journey to the Father in the Son and through the Holy Spirit
  • Is appropriate to the age level, maturity, and circumstances of those being catechized
  • Is intended for all members of the Christian community, takes place within the community, and involves the whole community of faith\
  • Involves parents in the preparation of their children for the sacraments
  • Is integrated into a comprehensive catechetical program
  • Focuses primarily on the symbols, rituals, and prayers contained in the rite for each sacrament
  • Enables the believer to reflect on the meaning of the sacrament received by implementing a thorough experience of mystagogia following the celebration.

In light of this, the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis provides support for sacramental catechesis in the following areas:

Children's Catechumenate

Infant Baptism

First Penance and Reconciliation

First Eucharist

Youth Confirmation

Adult Confirmation



Workshops for Sacrament Preparation Coordinators and Teams

These workshops are designed for parish staff or team volunteers who are responsible for sacrament preparation in the parish. The workshop will offer the knowledge of the sacrament, review important archdiocesan information, offer practical skills for pastoral situations, and more to create an impactful experience of the sacrament for all candidates.

Baptism Sacrament Workshop  July 29 / 10am-12pm (in person in English) | July 29 / 6-8pm (virtual in English) | August 5 / 12:30-2:30 (in person in Spanish)

Reconciliation and Eucharist Sacrament Workshop July 22 / 6-8pm  (virtual in English) | July 30 / 10am-12pm (in person in English) | August 6  / 12:30-2:30 (in person in Spanish)

Confirmation Sacrament Workshop July 31 / 10am-12pm (in person in English) | August 5 / 6-8pm (virtual in English) | August 7 / 12:30-2:30 (in person in Spanish)

OCIA (formerly RCIA)  Intensive Workshop June 21-21 | St. Anne Catholic Church (Houston) | in English and Spanish | Sponsored by the Office of Worship