Children do not have to be baptized to attend CCD/Religious Education classes.
However, children do have to be baptized if they want to receive the sacraments of:
- First Reconciliation (First Confession), 7 years old and above
- First Communion (The Eucharist), 7 years old and above
- Confirmation, 12 years old and above
After First Grade, children that want to receive thesacraments of Confession and Communionhave to attend the CCD Second Grade(sacrament preparation) class no matter what grade they are in school. After they complete the CCD Second Grade sacrament preparation class, they can move onto the same CCD Grade that they are in at their school.
Children that attend Catholic school do not have to attend CCD classes. They are prepared for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion at their Catholic school.
The sacrament of Confirmationis celebrated every two years for 7thand 8thGrade children. Children are prepared for the sacrament of Confirmation by the CRE of the church, and not by the 7thand 8thgrade CCD class instructors nor by the Catholic school they attend.
Children who were not baptized at Transfiguration have to provide the Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE) with a copy of their baptism certificate.
Walter Coddington, CRE, Transfiguration.firstname.lastname@example.org, 917-617-9060