Sacramental Preparation

Infant Baptism

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.

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Children wishing to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist (which typically occurs in 2nd grade) should be enrolled in our Christian formation program. Attendance at Charlottesville Catholic School, participation in our FIRE program, and appropriate home school course loads (contact Patrick to discuss) are also acceptable. There is a $30 fee for Sacramental prep materials.

From September through December, children prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and parents should attend our two required meetings. Parents are given Together in Jesus – Reconciliation books by Pflaum Publishing to work on at home with their child. 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  during liturgies in May. Parents should attend our required meeting, and both parents and children should attend our bread baking day together. Parents are given Together in Jesus – Eucharist books by Pflaum Publishing to work on at home with their child.


Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation happens during a student’s sophomore year in high school in the Diocese of Richmond. A student wishing to be Confirmed must be enrolled in a faith formation program, which at Incarnation is our High School Youth Group or our FIRE program. The student must also participate in the Confirmation preparation curriculum, which is separate and distinct from High School Youth Group (see our Confirmation page for details).