Diocese of Baker Evangelization and Catechesis
Quick Links Navigation:
|Adult and Family Formation Rite of Christian Initiation Children’s Religious Education Sacramental Preparation|
preparation of children for reception of the sacraments
presents a great catechetical moment to engage parents,
godparents, and sponsors in the context of the new
The new evangelization is
• meaningful participation in sacramental worship,
• development of a mature and informed conscience,
• a deepening integration of faith into all areas of life.
(First Confession-Reconciliation, First Holy Communion,
and Confirmation) can be adapted to
meet your local needs or implemented as they are.
Catechetical Guidelines and Norms
the year of implementation of the new catechetical guidelines and
Goals and Norms
The new sacramental guidelines are aimed at helping pastors, and catechetical leaders who assist them, in the development of catechetical and sacramental preparation programs that are integral and doctrinally sound. The new guidelines have in mind several goals and key principles:
sacramental guidelines serve to establish diocesan
norms to ensure that the faithful are well prepared to
participate in a fully active sacramental life. The
norms promulgated by these guidelines include:
1. Faith and Life, by Ignatius Press, is the standard religious education curriculum for all parishes and schools (grades 1–8)
2. Baptism is received primarily as an infant, or prior to age 7.
3. 1st Confession and 1st Communion received by the end of 2nd grade.
4. Confirmation received by the end of 6th grade.
5. A child's religious education and sacramental preparation is the primary responsibility of the parents with the support and cooperation of the pastor, parish catechetical staff, and school personnel (where applicable).
The sacramental guidelines and norms operate congruently with the newly promulgated Diocese of Baker Pastoral Guidelines, Chapter Five, Office of Sanctification.
For exceptions to these norms refer to Pastoral Implementation of Sacraments of Initiation.
Protecting God's Children
The Diocese of Baker is committed to promoting a safe environment for the children and young people in our care. All employees and volunteers who work with children or youth must be in full compliance with the diocesan Protecting God’s Children policies and requirements.