Sacraments for Children and Teens

Infant Baptism at St. Jean’s (for children under the age of 5)

Any parent or adult who wishes to have their child baptized at St. Jean’s must call or stop at the parish office to register. 212-288-5082 ext 10.

After registering the couple will be required to attend a class and a schedule will be given.

When the above steps have been completed, the couple can call the office and speak with Fr. Kamas to schedule a private baptism.

Godparents:  A godparent for an infant must be a practicing Catholic and/or have received Confirmation.  A class is available for all non parishioners who need a certificate.  Please contact Angelica Contreras in the parish office, or Joan T. Prenty, CRE.


Any child of school age who has not been baptized must receive private religious education classes for at least two years before being baptized. Parents of children under the age of five must contact the parish priest.


First Reconciliation

Most baptized children receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion after a minimum of two years of faithful attendance at Religious Education, or Catholic private school instruction no matter what their age. The minimum age for Reconciliation is 8 years old.

During their second year of religious education for public school children (or after the second year of private school) the children are prepared to receive their first Reconciliation or Confession. Parents are required to attend a specialized meeting before their child receives this sacrament.

Confession takes place during class time in the church. The parents are invited to a special scheduled meeting during that time.



Children in the program who have already received their First Holy Communion are brought during class time to receive Reconciliation at least once a year.


First Holy Communion

After First Reconciliation, the catechist begin to prepare the children for First Holy Communion which takes place in the spring of their second year of Religious Education. Dates for the First Holy Communion are released in the fall of the second year.

Parents are required to attend a First Holy Communion meeting and bring the children to two practices and continue to support what they are learning at home (See handbook for more information).

Contact: Joan T. Prenty, Coordinator – Telephone: 212-288-5082 ext 30 / Email: