"Through visible and finite symbols we encounter the invisible presence and infinite holiness of God. Sacraments celebrate God's actions in the life of the community of believers. Preparation for reception of a Sacrament necessitates a two-fold understanding of this communal dimension. The family is the primary community for sacramental preparation for it is within this structure that we first form values and attitudes, and we first encounter 'intensified support' through structured sacramental preparation programs and parish communal celebrations of the Sacraments."
Sharing the Light of Faith: National Catechetical Directory for Catholics of the United States
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