Sacramental Preparation

Infant Baptism

This is for families seeking Baptism for their infants or preschool children. For a child to be baptized, there must exist a “founded hope” that the child will be raised in the Catholic Faith.  This “hope” rests primarily on the pledge of the parents or guardians, as articulated in the Rite of Baptism for Children: “You have asked to have your child baptized.  In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him (her) in the practice of the faith”. The word “practice” indicates that parents ought to be models of the faith in the daily life of their family, teaching the faith to their children by word and example. ~taken from the Sacrament of Baptism of Infants, Diocese of Richmond Pastoral Directives.

Within the mass, we offer frequent opportunities for Baptism every year. Please click on “frequent opportunities for Baptism” and/or contact the Parish Office for further information.

Infant Baptism Resources: Godparent/Sponsor Attestation Forms

Baptism for Children of Catechetical Age (7+), Grades 2-12.

Those children who are of school age and have not been baptized are invited to participate in catechesis designed specifically for children. Parents along with the children, attend special learning sessions; sponsors welcomed. Please reference our Children’s Christian Formation page for more information.

2020 Rite of Sending: February 23rd at 1:30pm, Church of the Incarnation.

2020 Rite of Election: February 29th at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond

2020 Sacraments of Initiation: April 11th 8pm, Church of the Incarnation.

Sponsor Resources: Sponsor Forms & FAQs

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. If the child attends a Catholic School, participates in our FIRE program, and/or appropriate home school course loads, attendance through the parish for sacrament specific study is also required (contact us to discuss). There is a $30 fee for Sacramental prep materials.

Blessed: Sacramental Preparation by Dynamic Catholic
Watch the videos here, and sign up for the Parent Email Program here.

From September through December, children prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Parents are given Blessed – Reconciliation books by Dynamic Catholic to support catechesis in the classroom, at home with their children.

Preparation for 1st Eucharist begins in mid-January and continues until after Easter, when children celebrate the Sacrament  during liturgies in May. Parents are given Blessed – Eucharist books by Dynamic Catholic to support catechesis in the classroom, at home with their children.


Important Dates (2019-2020)  in addition to Sunday Formation (10:30-11:20am English) & (12:30-1:20pm Spanish):


September 7th:  1-3pm  Parent Meeting

October 18th:  6-8 pm    1stPenance Formation Session (Parents & children)

November 14th:   6-8pm   1stPenance Formation Session (Parents & children)


January 12th:  10:30-11:20am    1stPenance Formation Session (Parents)

January 19th: 10:30 (English) 12:30 (Spanish). All youth that will receive 1st Penance are to attend a special class given by Monsignor Keeney, during their regularly scheduled class. Note: This is a  change to the originally published calendar of dates. All in grades 2-12 are expected to attend.

January 25th: 10am 1st Penance prayer service (children to receive the sacrament)

February 6th:   6-8pm   1stHoly Communion Formation Session (Spanish Language RE Parents & children)This is a  change to the originally published calendar

February 18th:   6-8pm   1st Holy Communion Formation Session (English Language RE Parents & children) This is a  change to the originally published calendar

March 11th:   6-8pm.  1st Holy Communion Formation Session for Spanish Language classes only! (Parents & children)

March 12th:   6-8pm.  1st Holy Communion Formation Session (Parents & children)

March 14th: Bread Baking Day

April 19th:   10:30-11:20am, 12:30-1:20pm (Spanish).  1stHoly Communion Formation Session (Parents)

May 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th: 1st Holy Communion celebrations. Sign up will occur in person, by the child’s parent/guardian, on a first come first select basis, beginning the morning of February 9th.  Mass times will be chosen for the week of May 9th. Based on a predetermined volume of children per mass time, the following weekend will then be reserved.  Signup information & details to follow by February 2nd.


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).