DRE and Parish Faith Formation Leader Information

"The Institute will also be tasked with the responsibility of sacramental preparation, primarily focused on methodology, curriculum, and mystagogia for families and persons preparing for sacraments of initiation in whatever stage of life they may find themselves."

—Bishop Joseph Strickland, Constitution on Teaching (9)

What you will find below:

  • The St. Philip Institute is preparing to launch a new formation program for families who would like to have their infants or young children baptized.
  • For the 2019-2020 catechetical year, continue using the same sacramental formation your parish has been using. If you need a recommendation, reach out to Mikki Sciba.
  • Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page. The St. Philip Institute will be incorporating parish input (including both struggles and successes) into their development of the sacramental preparation norms for the Diocese.

The sacraments are encounters with Jesus Christ, and the celebration of them can serve as special moments for a renewal and strengthening of faith. The process of preparation for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, and Reconciliation are meant to prepare all those involved, in mind and heart, to welcome and nourish the divine life of Christ in the soul.

Infant Baptism

In the fall of 2019, the St. Philip Institute will release a new formation program for the Sacrament of Baptism (which will be available in English and Spanish). Our baptismal preparation, The Way of The Holy Family, is designed to empower and assist parents and godparents to fulfill their role as primary educators of the faith and devoted witnesses to a lived Catholic life. This program will include a process of theological and intellectual study, personal reflection and discussion, and practical application to a lived faith modeled by the Holy Family.

Reconciliation, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist

Around age seven (usually second grade), the child will begin the process to celebrate the restored order of the sacraments. The catechetical process will include the formation and celebration of Reconciliation, Confirmation, and will culminate with catechesis and the reception of the Holy Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. As noted in Bishop Strickland’s Constitution on Teaching the Faith, the St. Philip Institute is continuing to unify and standardize the specifics of catechetical formation for these sacraments in the Diocese (Constitution on Teaching, 7). These processes for sacramental formation currently being developed will be

  • Of high quality, understandable by our children while maintaining fidelity to the Catholic Church’s teachings on the sacraments of initiation,
  • Desirable, engaging and attractive to children, families, and catechists so that all may encounter the beauty of God’s love for us in the Sacraments, and
  • Useful for the people of East Texas, solving the specific problems we face while also capitalizing on the great successes of those catechists already catechizing in our parishes.

For the 2019-2020 catechetical year, parishes are encouraged to continue the programs they already have in place, taking note of successes, joys, challenges, and difficulties. Through the work of the St. Philip Institute, Bishop Strickland then desires to build upon the successes and solve any difficulties in sacramental formation for children in order that all of our children can come to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ in these channels for his grace. 

Below is a survey for Directors of Religious Education and parish Faith Formation leaders to share their joys and challenges alike so that the materials provided by the Institute might offer solutions to common issues and share with other parishes the success you have experienced in your ministry.

If your parish is in need of recommendations for a new sacramental formation program in your parish for the 2019-2020 catechetical year, please contact Mikki Sciba at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 903-630-5055 ext. 113.



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