Faith Formation Grades 1-5

St. Aloysius offers faith formation programs for our members in every stage of faith and age of life.


Faith Formation Grades 1-5

OUR DIOCESE WILL BE RESTORING THE ORDER IN WHICH THE SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION ARE CELEBRATED—BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION, FIRST HOLY COMMUNION.

Over the next few years, the standard age of Confirmation is going to be third grade throughout the Diocese of Manchester, and Confirmation will be celebrated before, not after, First Communion. This practice restores Confirmation to its original place. Through this process, the three Sacraments of Christian Initiation return to the logical order in which they were designed to be received: first Baptism, then Confirmation, then Eucharist. It also restores the practice of administering the Sacraments of Christian Initiation to young children as early as possible.
Our parish has a plan for an implementation schedule, as well as a renewed vigor for implementing this change within the context of Lifelong Faith Formation. This will help us to provide an enriching experience of God’s love through the sacramental life of the Church.

For more information on the Lifelong Faith Formation and Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation, you can visit the RESTORE, RENEW, PROCLAIM page on the diocesan web site http://www.catholicnh.org/lifelong or you can contact the rectory office at 603-882-4362.

Our classes

The classes from 1st-5th grades will be held on either Mondays or Tuesdays (depending on the need of your child) from 5:45-7:00pm. All material used for 1st-5th grades will be bilingual, so that parents who do not speak English have an opportunity to help their children with the homework.

Sacramental Preparation (Confirmation, Reconciliation, and First Communion)

Once a child has been enrolled in the program the child will start their preparation for the Sacraments. The first year they will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the second year they will receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion (if they are in 3rd grade or higher.)

General Faith Formation

For quite some time, many Catholics have referred to the sacrament of Confirmation as kind of a rite of passage in the faith. Confirmation is, and has always been, a sacrament of initiation, not transition or graduation.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says this: “Although Confirmation is sometimes called the ‘sacrament of maturity,’ we must not confuse adult faith with the adult age of natural growth…St. Thomas reminds us of this: Age of body does not determine age of soul. Even in childhood one can attain spiritual maturity.” (CCC 1308) We do not confirm our faith in the sacrament of Confirmation. It is not about what we do, but it is about the work of God.

Once the child gets initiated in the faith, they NEED to continue their faith journey by attending general faith formation and youth ministry.


If you have any questions or concerns about the Faith Formation Program in our parish please feel free to us at 603-882-4362 or faithformation@stlouisnashua.org.