First Holy Communion

Baptized children in grades 2 through 9 meet Sunday mornings – at either 9:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – beginning in the fall.

We start with a parent orientation and run approximately 8 months. At the Cathedral Basilica, the children traditionally receive their First Communion during the month of May.

A certificate of Baptism must be presented at the time of registration, which must be done in person in the parish office during the month of July. Unbaptized children are prepared for Holy Communion through the R.C.I.C. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) Program. They also meet on Sunday mornings starting in the fall. R.C.I.C. prepares the child for receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation at Easter. Parent participation is required. A schedule for the course is provided to all parents/guardians.

Please call (408) 283-8100, ext. 2200 for schedule and registration information. Unbaptized adults would participate in Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.).

First Reconciliation

The sacrament of Reconciliation is known by many names, including the sacrament of Confession or sacrament of Penance. No matter the name, the sacrament focuses on our need to be healed so that we can experience a restored relationship with God and our neighbor.

Before making their first reconciliation, children are expected to know their basic Catholic prayers.

Often, the priest hearing their confession will give them a penance that includes reciting such prayers.

Ten Commandments – In order to make a proper confession, children should have a good understanding of God’s Law and a grasp on what makes an action sinful. Therefore, prior to making their first confession, children should know and understand the Ten Commandments.

Examination of Conscience - Before approaching God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation we are all called to examine our conscience.