Policies and Guidelines

Sacramental Preparation Guidelines
Safe Environment Guidelines
Catechetical Certification Guidelines
  • California Catechist Guidelines - English/ Spanish
  • Basic Catechist
  • Master Catechist
  • Catechist Certification for Teachers
  • Catechist Certification for Deacons and Deacon Candidates



DRE/CRE Handbook


Sacramental Preparation Guidelines

Baptism Policy

"Every person not yet baptized and only such a person is able to be baptized." CIC, can. 864

"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission."
~ CCC 1213

First Reconciliation Policy

"Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion." ~ CCC 1422

First Holy Communion Policy

"The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist." ~ CCC 1322

Confirmation Policy

"Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit - his actions, his gifts, and his biddings - in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life." ~ CCC 1309


Safe Environment Guidelines

Circle of Grace Program

Circle of Grace is a safe environment program developed in response to Article 12 of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young PeopleIt serves the dual purpose of educating and forming youth about the value of positive relationships with God and others.

Through the Circle of Grace program, adults assist children and youth to recognize that each of us lives within a Circle of Grace that holds our very essence in body, mind, heart, soul, and sexuality. Through the Circle of Grace program, children and youth are taught to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual, and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur, and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated.

Circle of Grace is clinically sound and grounded in the Catholic tradition. Its strong parent component means that parents can actively participate in their children's education and formation.

The Diocese of Santa Rosa has adopted the Circle of Grace program to be used throughout the diocese.

Safe Environment Training

The Diocese of Santa Rosa requires every employee to complete our Safe Environment Training every two years. The training is available online in English and Spanish at www.in2vate.com/catholic mutualse

If you have previously completed this training online, please use the username and password that you used to create your account. 

If you have never done this training online, click "Register here" and complete the necessary registration information and the training.

The training takes approximately 60-90 minutes to complete. Don't forget to print your certificate.

For additional information, contact:

Julie Sparacio, Director of Child and Youth Protection at 707-566-3308 or sparacio@sonic.net


Catechetical Certification Guidelines

Basic Catechist

Master Catechist

Catechist Certification for Teachers

Catechist Certification for Deacons

California Catechist Guidelines - English/Spanish