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Online Sacramental Preparation Programs offers five online Sacramental Preparation Courses:

  • First Confession (or First Penance)
  • First Communion (or First Eucharist)
  • Confirmation
  • Baptism
  • Holy Matrimony

What Programs Do You Need?

To know which programs you will need to take to earn a Certificate of Completion for any of these five Sacraments, consult our Course Calculator. Our Course Calculator will determine through a step by step process what program(s) you need in your specific situation. You will likely need our doctrinal courses in addition to our short courses listed on this page to earn a certificate from

We highly recommend all Sacramental Preparation students use the Course Calculator by clicking here.

Except for the Baptism Course, the other courses on this page generally need to be matched with the appropriate doctrinal courses to obtain our certificate of completion. Studying for your Confession, Confirmation, or First Holy Communion involves not only knowing the theology of that Sacrament (which these lessons will do) but you must also know what it means to be a Catholic in general. As a result, there are necessary doctrinal courses as well. There is a comprehensive quiz at the end of each of these short programs.

All of our short course programs listed on this page (except for the marriage preparation program) are designed to be completed within 1 — 2 hours of work.

First Confession

The First Confession short course is designed to teach students about the topics of sin, forgiveness, contrition, penance, examination of conscience, and avoiding sin. This program prepares students for their first Confession and a lifetime of going to Confession. It explains the reasons for going to Confession and the essential role of the priest. It is written to be used by parents and children working hand in hand.

First Holy Communion

The First Holy Communion short course consists of thirteen sections designed to teach students about the Eucharist, the Consecration, Transubstantiation, the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the Sacrifice of the Mass, How to preparing to receive the Eucharist, their first Holy Communion, and the many beautiful spiritual dimensions of the Blessed Sacrament. It is written to be used by parents and children working hand in hand.


The Confirmation short course consists of ten sections designed to teach students about the Sacrament of Confirmation. Topics include the role of the Holy Spirit, the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Historical notes, key facts for every Confirmed Catholic, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, helpful hints for parents, the Confirmation Ceremony, participation in the Church as a Confirmed Catholic, incorporating the Sacraments into daily life, and of course relevant Catechism references are thoroughly covered in this program designed for students ages 12 and up.


Baptism is a lesson program to prepare parents and godparents of infants or children to be baptized. This is must-have series for any inquisitive minds wishing to learn more about baptism or prepare themselves to receive the sacrament. Generally speaking, this is a stand-alone course that does not need additional courses taken with it in order to earn a Certificate.

Holy Matrimony

Most dioceses in the United States require couples to undergo courses for marriage preparation. is proud to present a highly affordable course designed for use by the parishes as a catechetical text or by the couple as a stand-alone preparation aid.

Marriage in the Heart and the Mind of the Church is a series of reflections on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Intended for couples preparing to receive the Sacrament, this guide prepares the couple for the Sacrament of Matrimony and the interior dispositions necessary for marriage. A must read for all couples and a great resource for parishes to use with couples!

Next Steps

Are you in need of Sacramental Preparation Course materials? Everyone is free to take any course on this page. However, if you are in need of a certificate stating that you have studied for the Sacraments from home, you will need to follow the guidelines.

We highly recommend all Sacramental Preparation students use the Course Calculator by clicking here.