Sacrament Preparation for Children ages 7-18

March 12:  First Holy Communion; 9 am, 12 and 3 pm
March 18/19:  Confirmation Commitment Blessing, Gr. 8, all Masses
April 25: Confirmation Reflections at 4:15 and 5:30 pm
April 26: Confirmation Reflections at 4, 5:30 and 7 pm
May 8/9/10:  Confirmation, 6:30 pm

First Holy Eucharist

catechetical-sunday-2015-clip-art-09First Holy Communion will be celebrated at St. Stephen’s on Sun., March 12, 2017 at 9 am, 12 noon and 3 pm.

If you would like to volunteer to be an EMHC for the community, greeter or usher at one of the Masses, please contact Mary Maguire. If there are any special needs for a Communicant or their family (ie. handicapped seating, gluten-free host), please contact Mary Maguire at

First Holy Communion Mass Assignments

Grade 2 Prayers






Confirmation will be celebrated at St. Stephen the Martyr by Archbishop George Lucas on May 8/9/10, 2017 at 6:30 pm each night.  Students will be assigned to the Masses by class.  Please click on the links below.

Journey of Faith   (Sponsor and Patron Saint Information)

7th Grade Retreat Assignments (2016-17) 

8th Grade Retreat and Confirmation Mass/Rehearsal Assignments

7th and 8th grade Confirmation candidates are asked to do 10 hours of stewardship (service) and reflect on what they learned about their gifts and how God is working in their life.  Please complete the Stewardship Reflection below to guide you in your reflection for each service opportunity and help come up with new ways to serve the Lord.  Stewardship Reflections can now be filled out and turned in on-line!!  To access the Stewardship Reflection form, please click on

Confirmation Stewardship Reflection On-line form QR Stewardship Reflection

*NEW*  Stewardship Reflection form can be reached by clicking on the link above or by scanning the QR code at right.

This form is ONLINE ONLY.

What is the benefit? Student  accountability:   Most of our teens have access to smartphones, ipads, or computers. This will allow them to easily fill out and submit their forms and end the “Paper shuffle”.  Questions?  Contact Jenny Hustedt, Confirmation Coordinator at or 402-861-4510.

7th and 8th graders should work on choosing their patron saint and Confirmation sponsor.

Below is the Journey of Faith form to fill out and turn in with your chosen patron saint and sponsor information.


jesusFirst Reconciliation will be celebrated on Nov. 28/29, 2016 at 7 pm.  We have new curriculum being used for preparation for Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist, ‘Encounter With Christ’ by Our Sunday Visitor Religion Publishers.

Additional information and class assignments are available in the documents below.  Please contact Mary Maguire, Director of Religious Education, at with questions.

Parent letter for Reconciliation and Holy Communion 

Reconciliation and Holy Communion Mass Assignments


 ass and Rehearsal Assignments

 Sacrament Preparation

Students receive special, intense preparation for Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation with the parent/guardian.  Students in both the Parish School and Religious Education celebrate reception of the sacraments jointly. 

Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is a 2-year program, beginning in first grade.  The sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist are received for the first time in the second grade. Confirmation preparation is also a 2-year program, beginning in the seventh grade.  Candidates in both seventh and eighth grade participate in  retreats, special events and complete Stewardship (service) hours.  The sacrament of Confirmation is received in the eighth grade.

All candidates for sacraments (Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation) must provide a copy of their baptism certificate to the Religious Education office by October 31st.  Baptism certificates can be faxed directly to our office at 402-861-4590 by the parish where your child was baptized.

Parent meetings are scheduled during the year so that parents may review the content of the preparation and deepen their own understanding of the sacrament being received. Please contact Mary Maguire at with any questions concerning preparation or celebration of the sacraments.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Children and Teens

15Cropped- Sierra Munderloh being baptized at EVOne of our favorite experiences in Religious Education at St. Stephen’s is welcoming children and families into the Catholic Church.

Children 7 years of age through age 18 who have not been baptized or who have been baptized in another faith can receive preparation for the sacraments through the Rite of Christian Initiation.  

Children 3rd grade or older who have been baptized as a Catholic but have not received Reconciliation or Eucharist prepare for the sacraments by attending regular religious education classes and receive individual preparation in a group or with their parents.  High School teens will receive special preparation through Youth Ministry.

If you have a child or teen that would like to become Catholic or has missed sacraments, please contact Mary Maguire at for special preparation for the sacraments.



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