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Sacrament Formation Guidelines

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General       Info for Parish Leaders

RCIA        Infant Baptism    

Confirmation/1st Communion        Adult Confirmation   

Marriage        Ordination

Record Retention Best Practices

Determining Appropriate Path for Sacramental Preparation

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Baptismal Status flow chart

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General Information

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

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

What is RCIA? (USCCB)

Diocesan Forms/Guides

Resources for Use in the RCIA process:

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Infant Baptism

Diocesan Guidelines Infant Baptism (1995, 2022 amended version online soon) - 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

Initial Parent Interview for Infant Baptism  in Spanish (May 2022) in English (June 2022)

Examples of Resouces for Use in Sacrament Formation for Infant Baptism: Simple List with Links (May 18, 2022)               

Godparent/Sponsor Verification Form  PDF (June 2022) Customizable Word Doc 

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Marriage Preparation 

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

Info on diocesan policy, permissions, dispensations, etc.


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Preparing Children for Confirmation & First Communion

2022 Schedule of Parish celebrations of Confirmation and first holy Communion (updated March 7, 2022)
2022 Memo to PCLs about Spring Celebrations (updated April 14, 2022)

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


Sacraments of Christian Initiation of Children (Chart)

Guidelines for Low-Gluten Hosts

Godparent/Sponsor Verification Form  PDF (June 2022) Customizable Word Doc 

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

What do parents want to hear from the Church?

• How to think about Confirmation in the initation of children (Team RCIA)

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Confirmation of Catholic Adults and Teens

Godparent/Sponsor Verification Form  PDF (June 2022) Customizable Word Doc 

Responses for Practice

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Record Retention Best Practices

Intake and registration forms are designed to gather data to get things started or to track progress through different phases of immediate formation for a sacramane. Best practice would to shred anything with personally identifiable information once the appropriate people in the parish have the information needed to discern next steps and contact information is entered into the parish records. At the latest, notes from intake interviews or registration forms should be disposed of shortly after the intended sacrament is celebrated and entered  into parish sacramental records.

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