Children’s Sacramental Preparation

Registration Requirements

  • Full payment must be made at time of registration and is non refundable.
  • A certified copy of my child’s baptism certificate must be attached to registration form.
  • To receive confirmation (Grade 3), a confirmation sponsor letter of good standing and the confirmation sponsor’s certificate of Confirmation and/or marriage must turned in to the office.

Program Requirements

  • Parents & Students Must Attend Mass Every Sunday or Saturday and all Holy Days of Obligation– Students will have forms that must be stamped or signed by the priest or deacon after Mass. Missing Mass will delay receiving the sacraments. Mass is the Sacrifice of Jesus and the source and summit of our faith. It is the most basic way we put our faith into practice.
  • Parent Attendance at Monthly Faith Formation Classes – Parents are their children’s first teachers need to model the importance of life-long learning about God.
  • Regular attendance is required. Over 3 absences may result in the student being removed from the sacramental preparation program.
  • Attendance at retreats is required. Children preparing for their Reconciliation (Grade 2) must attend the Saturday Reconciliation retreat. Children preparing for their confirmation and/or first Holy Communion (Grades 3) are required to attend a Saturday Confirmation/Communion retreat.
  • Every family is required to join Flocknote. Communication will be done through text and email.

St. Peter follows the restored order instituted by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila.  Read the Archbishop’s pastoral letter here.


The world needs saints. Even as our society becomes more distant from faith and more forgetful of God, it still hungers for joyful witnesses who have been transformed by Christ. At the same time, new generations of Catholics need grace to sustain them in a non-Christian environment.  To answer these needs, I have decided to restore the Sacraments of Initiation to their original order, that is, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. This will make available every sacramental grace the Church has to offer to children who
have reached the age of reason.  When I was Bishop of Fargo, I restored Confirmation to its original place in 2002 by issuing the pastoral letter Send Forth Your Spirit. I was convinced of the theological and pastoral reasons for doing this, but I was further convinced by hearing from parents and children about the effects of the graces they received.  Grace, the Catechism teaches us, is the
free gift that “God makes to us of his own life, infused by the Holy Spirit into our soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it.”2
Many people today live as if God does not exist, or if he does, thenonly as a remote ruler who rarely intervenes in human affairs. Instead
of seeking God’s grace and an intimate relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, our society turns to technology, science, and selfreliance to solve its problems.


Alternative Program: Homeschool Sacramental Preparation

Parents are called to be the primary educators of their children in the faith. Parents are encouraged and supported in teaching their kids the Catholic faith. When you feel your child is ready for a sacrament please contact Justyna Baustert to schedule an interview. The family must also be attending Mass faithful every week and should be known to the pastor. The Pastor will interview the child and confirm that he/she is prepared.

Materials are available to assist parents in their preparation.  Please contact Justyna Baustert by email, at 970-352-1060 (office), or at 970-716-0003 (mobile).

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