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Sacrament Formation Guidelines

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RCIA   Infant Baptism   Confirmation & 1st Eucharist   Marriage 


Flow Chart for Determining Appropriate Path for Sacramental Preparation

Baptismal Status flow chart

Guidelines for Celebrating Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop (USCCB, 2017)

Online Resources on the Seven Sacraments from the USCCB

Liturgy is essential

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) - includes children 7 or older

What is RCIA? (USCCB)

Resouces for Use in the RCIA process:

Infant Baptism

Diocesan Practice during Covid-19 outbreak (May 1, 2020)

Diocesan Guidelines Infant Baptism (1995) - also addresses child younger than age of reason

     Click to view recording of Msgr Marc Caron and Shannon Fosset addressing Infant Baptism at Nov 12, 2020 LFFA meeting

Resouces for Use in Baptism Preparation:

Godparent/Sacramental Sponsor Verification Form (March 2020)

Marriage Preparation 

Marriage Preparation Guidelines "Telling Anew the Story of Marriage" (2009)

Info on diocesan policy, permissions, dispensations, etc.

2019 Marriage Preparation Options

Preparing Children for Confirmation & First Communion

Spring 2021 Schedule (updated April 5)

The Diocese of Portland Guidelines to Prepare Children for the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist was approved and published in June 2015.  The guidelines establish a two year preparation process for all children preparing to receive Penance, Confirmation and First Eucharist which includes the involvement of their parents/guardians.  Below you will find a link to these guidelines.  A variety of resources to support parish leaders in the implementation of this policy have been prepared by the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation and the Sacrament Guideline Committee.  Follow the links below.

Bishop's Letter


Conformity Listing of Catechetical Texts and Series

Sacraments of Christian Initiation of Children (Chart)

Guidelines for Low-Gluten Hosts

Godparent/Sacramental Sponsor Verification Form (March 2020)

Communicating with parents / guardians

Sample Bulletin Announcement

Sample Letter to Parents & Guardians

Sample Parent Brochure

Family Consultation with Parish Leaders

Sacrament Preparation - Year 1

Sample Parent Handbook

Printable Mass Book for Children


Sample Parent Sessions

  Who do you say that I am?

Handout for Who do you say that I am?

  Bible in a Nutshell: Scripture

  The Power of the Sacraments

  Do this in Memory of Me:  Encounter Jesus in the Eucharist

  Hello!  Can you Hear Me Now? Prayer

  I am The Way, Come Follow Me: Following Jesus as a Family

Sacrament Preparation - Year 2

Sample Parent Handbook


Sample Parent Sessions

Forgiving One Another

Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation

The Holy Spirit and You

Sacrament of Confirmation

Jesus, the Bread of Life

Celebrating the Eucharist

Resources and Articles  

Resources for Sacrament Preparation, including: Sacrament Preparation Program for Parishes Confirmation Preparation for Teens Resources for Parent Formation Resources for Children with Disabilities Video Resources for Children Supplemental Resources for FamiliesSuggested Books



Coaching Parents to Form Their Own Children by Bill Huebsch

Catechizing Parents through their Children’s Sacraments by Janet Schaeffler, OP

Confirmation at the Time of First Communion

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