The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1131)

The Catholic understanding of sacrament cannot be understood apart from the concept of grace or “gift of God.” Karl Rahner and other modern theologians speak of grace as “God’s personal self-communication.” For this reason, Catholics no longer speak of sacraments “giving grace” so much as the sacraments allowing us to “experience grace.”

The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, #7 states, “To accomplish so great a work, Christ is always present in his Church, especially in its liturgical celebrations. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, not only in the person of his minister…but especially under the Eucharistic elements. By his power he is present in the sacraments so that when a man baptizes it is really Christ himself who baptizes. He is present in the Word, since it is he himself who speaks when the holy Scriptures are read in the Church. He is present lastly, when the Church prays and sings…”

“In the sacraments, we respond to God’s self-giving and draw closer not only to God but also to one another in the Church.” Richard Gula

The Office of Christian Formation provides assistance to parishes and institutions in accomplishing six tasks of catechesis (religious education) by providing consultation, evaluation and training including the area of sacramental preparation.

Director of Christian Formation
Erin McGeever, M.A., M.Ed.

Catholic Center
11625 Old St. Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32258
(904) 262-3200, ext. 118

Sacramental Guidelines
Immediate Preparation

Administering Confirmation to Youth
Confirmation Retreat for Youth Outline
Norms for Adult Confirmation
Resource Information for Adult Confirmation
Parish Checklist for Adult Confirmation
Registration Form for Adult Confirmation
Confirmation Brochure
Confirmation Brochure en Español

Baptism Brochure
Baptism Brochure en Español
Sponsor and Godparent Eligibility Form
Sponsor and Godparent Eligibility Form – Spanish

Reconciliation Brochure
Reconciliation Brochure en Español

Holy Communion
First Eucharist Brochure
First Eucharist Brochure en Español

Homeschooling in the Sacramental Years