Our parish based sacramental preparation meetings were implemented from the directives of the National Catechetical Directory. This directive from the United States Bishops stresses the importance of the parish and parental involvement in the sacramental preparation process. Children in second grade will be preparing for and receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Our two year Confirmation program starts in seventh grade and culminates with the sacrament of Confirmation celebrated at the end of the eighth grade year. The scheduled meetings for First Eucharist, Reconciliation and Confirmation do not replace the catechetical programs already in place, such as religion in the classroom, but are provided to enhance the existing programs. These meetings are for the entire family, not just the students. The meeting dates and times for Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation will be established each year and notification will be mailed to participants.