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First Reconciliation & First Eucharist

"Jesus said, 'I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.'" John 6:35

This program provides preparation for the first reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist for all children of St. Joseph/Old Mission San Jose, which includes both those attending public schools and St. Joseph School. This program is for children in 2nd grade and Grade 3 and up who didn’t receive these two sacraments when they were in the second grade.

Sacramental Preparation is a 2-year program and children attending must have been enrolled in a faith formation program for at least one year before the preparation process.
  • First Year: Children will learn about the basic catechesis of the Christian life.
  • Second Year: Children deepen their understanding of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist and grow closer in their relationship with Jesus Christ and the church community.
During the second year, children will receive these two important Sacraments: First Reconciliation, which is celebrated sometime in February; First Holy Eucharist, which is usually celebrated on the weekends at the end of April and beginning of May.

All children preparing for First Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist must include a copy of their Baptismal Certificate with the registration form, registration fee, and an additional $85 Sacramental Preparation Fee. Part of the preparation for receiving the Sacraments includes weekly faith formation class, regularly attendance at Sunday Mass; two parents meetings and two practices for both parents and children, i.e., one meeting for each Sacrament.

Our second grade class is offered on Saturday morning and for our Sacramental Preparation for Grade 3 and up, we offer a class on Saturday morning.


  • The Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
  • Act of Contrition, Ten Commandments, Seven Sacraments
  • Be familiar with the responses during Mass.

You can view the schedule here: (Schedule)

For more information, questions or concerns, please contact us:

Faith Formation Office:(510) 657-0905
Emails: Sr. Bernadette, LHC bernadettestjoseph2018@gmail.com
Grace Lichauco gracestjoseph@yahoo.com

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