Each parish offers special sessions and special resources for children and youth preparing for First Confession, First Communion, and Confirmation. A general requirement is that a child preparing for a sacrament has been actively and regularly attending religious education prior to beginning the sacramental preparation program. Baptismal certificates and other sacramental records are required for the child or youth preparing for a sacrament and for his or her sponsor. Sacramental preparation programs include special study, prayerful preparation, regular attendance at classes, participation of parents in designated programs, certification of readiness for the sacrament, and regular participation in the liturgical life of the parish. The reception of sacraments is a right for baptized Catholics, a right that carries with it the responsibility for conscientious and reverent preparation.
Along with textbooks and family-centered activities, sacramental preparation programs may also include retreat days, special prayer events, and service requirements (the latter particularly for Confirmation).