Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it."
(Proverbs 22:6)

Baptism -
For an infant or child baptism, parents are instructed about what their infant or young child will receive through baptism and their role as parents.  

First Communion and Confirmation -
At their First Communion, children who have received instruction on the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist are encouraged to partake of the body and blood of Christ in remembrance of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Confirmation is a time for a public personal profession of faith and dedication of a life to the Lord. Those being confirmed have completed a period of instruction during which time they not only learn about the Words of Christ and the meaning of what He tells us but they are also encouraged to understand Christ Himself. 

The theme of purification in preparation for these sacraments (fasting as purification of the body, confession of sin as purification of the conscience) is reflected in wearing clothing that is white - the color of purity and innocence.  White is also the color of the baptismal garment.  When Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation are performed at the same time, the same clothing can be worn throughout.  Click here to see photos of the Cathedral of Saint Matthew's First Communion and Confirmation classes.

Quinceanera Celebration -
A young lady's 15th birthday is a wonderful time to celebrate the values she has learned. She comes before the Lord, her family and friends and dedicates her life to the Lord, making a declaration of commitment to continue to grow in her relationship with Jesus Christ and to further progress in her passage to a mature Christian woman. Click here to see photos of a Cathedral of Saint Matthew's Quinceanera Celebration.

Our Patient Merciful God
The Bible and the Gospel speak of God's great mercy for us ...

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