Sacramental Prep

Baptism preparation sessions for parents of children are held as needed. All parents must attend one session before Baptism can take place. They must be registered in the parish and one party must be an active Catholic. For further information, call the Parish office at 816-232-8449.

A child preparing for the Sacrament of First Eucharist must be registered in St. Francis Xavier School or the Parish School of Religion. Parents meet twice with parish/school staff to receive materials and training in preparation for their role in getting their children ready for First Eucharist. For further information, please contact the Parish office at 816-232-8449.

Catechesis for First Reconciliation is provided during the first semester of the school year for second graders at St. Francis Xavier School and the Parish School of Religion. Parents, as the primary instructors of their children, together with the pastor, determine the readiness of each child. For further information, please contact the Parish office at 816-232-8449. 

Students may begin the Confirmation Program in the fall of their 9th-12th grade year. It is a 6 month program with retreats and a service/social justice component. The program is coordinated by parish staff with direct responsibility for the group input and interaction being shared by the Confirmation Candidates’ parents. For more information contact Janey Johnston at 816-261-9585, [email protected]

One party must be a registered and an active member of St. Francis Xavier Parish. The parish clergy request that the couple contact the parish as soon as possible. Nine months notification is required to meet with and assist the couple in the preparation for the sacrament. No date can be set until this preparation is completed. For more information, contact the Parish office at 816-232-8449.


Anyone suffering from serious illness or injury may receive the Sacrament of Healing. It is also recommended before surgery, for those experiencing the difficulties of aging, or those suffering the pains of a chronic illness. This Sacrament may be received at the church, in the home, or in the hospital. The parish clergy regularly visit the hospital and nursing homes, and are available to visit in people’s homes.  For more information,  please contact the Parish Office at 816-232-8449.