With the help of their parents, children are prepared in first and second grade through their school religion class, religious education program and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Families may still reserve a Mass time at a later date to celebrate a solemn individual communion with family and friends. The focus should not be on gifts, the emphasis being the gift of Jesus that the children receive for the first time. The changes are being made to follow more closely the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd model of sacraments as well as following what is used for RCIA candidates as they are initiated into the church.