Sacramental Preparation


Baptism is the first sacrament, and the beginning of membership in the Body of Christ. By the ritual washing of water and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, we are made new.

Parents seeking to baptize infants and young children are invited to contact the parish office. We do require participation in our baptismal classes offered on the first and second Tuesday in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Special arrangement can be made if participation in the regular course is not possible. Registration is required before each month’s session. Arrangements for the specific date of baptism are made with the parish priest.

Þ Baptismal Preparation Policy

Adults who are desiring baptism are also invited to contact the parish office. Adults are invited to speak with the parish priest, and to participate in our catechumenate program, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Parent of children who are unbaptized, or baptized in another Christian tradition, and older than 7, who desire and/or support their child’s desire to become Catholic, are invited to contact the parish office.  Parents and their child(ren) will be asked to enroll in RCIA adapted for Children or Youth as well as St. Mary’s School or parish religious education. The adapted RCIA process is designed to be a family process tailored to each family’s individual needs. All families can expect to receive a book to help instruct their child(ren) at home and scheduling frequent meetings with a catechist.  Children will be prepared to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, if needed, Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil Mass following determination of the child’s readiness.  (Readiness cannot be rushed and can take longer than one liturgical year.)

First Communion

Catholic children in the second, third, or fourth grade, after completing a first year of faith formation by attend parish religious education or St. Mary’s School, are invited to prepare to receive their first Reconciliation in January and their first Eucharist in April of the second or third grade year. Our parish’s preparation process is designed to assist parents in preparing their child to receive these sacraments.  Preparation books for each child, as well as a family guide, are sent home to be used by parents in the home prior to receiving each Sacrament. Parents are supported through each stage of the preparation process with several parent sessions before each Sacrament.

Parents of baptized Catholic children older than 7 who did not receive first Reconciliation and/or first Communion in the second, third, or fourth grade and are being raised in a Catholic home with regular Mass attendance, are invited to contact the parish office. After an interview with the child, and in consultation with the parents,  the best option for preparing each child to receive the missing Sacraments will be decided. When a child has been determined to be ready, reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and/or Eucharist will be scheduled with the pastor.


Youth Confirmation Prep process is undergoing review and will be updated soon.

The Rite of Confirmation for the Latah Catholic Community is celebrated in the fall.


Adults who have not yet been confirmed are invited to contact the parish office. Various options are available. For those who are already Catholic but would like to be “updated” in their faith, we encourage participation with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults group.  For those who have remained active in the faith, a short series of preparation classes are offered each fall about four to six weeks before the bishop has scheduled the Rite of Confirmation in our community.

Above, tour of Reconciliation Room. Below, 1st Communicants make bread on retreat.

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