This is for families seeking Baptism for their infants or preschool children. Parents must be registered members of the parish for at least six months, attend Sunday Liturgy on a regular basis, and attend a Baptismal preparation session. In addition, godparents must be registered members in good standing in a Catholic church and actively practicing their faith. We offer four opportunities for Baptism every year. Dates for upcoming Baptism preparation sessions and celebrations may be found here.
Baptism for children of catechetical age
Those children who are of school age and have not been baptized are invited to participate in the catechumenate designed specifically for children. Parents and sponsors along with the children attend special learning sessions. Kindly contact Nancy Brinkac, the Coordinator of Christian Formation.
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Registered parishioners who are parents of children in grade 2 receive a letter in September advising of required parent meetings to guide parents in preparing their children for the sacraments. Children must maintain regular attendance in a Christian Formation program at Incarnation (regular classes and/or F.I.R.E) OR at Charlottesville Catholic School (CCS).
From September through December, children prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Parents must attend two meetings for Reconciliation. Nursery available upon reservation. Parents are given Together in Jesus – Reconciliation books by Pflaum Publishing to work on at home with their child. A $30 fee is assessed for the costs associated with preparation for both sacraments.
A communal reconciliation service with individual confession is offered in early January.
Preparation for 1st Eucharist begins in mid-January and continues until after Easter, when children celebrate the Sacrament with our parish family during liturgies in May. Parents are required to attend one Eucharist Parent Meeting. Nursery available upon reservation. Parents are given Together in Jesus – Eucharist books by Pflaum Publishing to work on at home with their child. Parents are also required to attend a Breadbaking Day with their children.
A schedule of Parent Meetings for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist can be found here.
Children celebrate the Sacrament of 1st Eucharist during liturgies in May (excluding Memorial Day weekend).
In the Diocese of Richmond 10th grade is the earliest you can receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Youth wishing to participate in the Confirmation Program should register by visiting our Confirmation page.