August 2020 Update: Students in the 2019-2020 Sacramental Preparation programs are now being contacted via email to schedule an outdoor ceremony time.
There is a $100 fee per student for each Sacramental Preparation program. Dual enrollment in a Faith Formation or Youth Ministry program is required to be enrolled in a Sacramental Preparation program.
First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion
The process to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is a two-year process:
Year 1 ~ Children must complete one year of Faith Formation or Catholic School religious education (usually in 1st or 2nd grade). Choose the Faith Formation Year 1 program when registering.
Year 2 ~ Children must complete a second year of Faith Formation or Catholic School religious education (usually in 2nd or 3rd grade). During the second year, the candidate’s family is also required to participate in 2 parent meetings, 1 child/parent First Communion retreat, and a rehearsal for First Holy Communion. When registering for the second year, choose the Faith Formation Year 2 program AND the First Communion Sacramental Preparation program (with additional fee).
Children cannot receive these Sacraments until they are in the second grade.
Confirmation (for Public & Catholic School Students)
All 7th through 12th graders who have received First Holy Communion and Reconciliation are eligible for Confirmation. To begin the process, your student will register and regularly attend EDGE or theIntersection for the current year, as well as attend a once-a-month Saturday morning Confirmation prep session from September through May.
Teen Confirmation candidates are also required to attend a Confirmation Retreat usually held at Camp Hammer in January. This year there will be a separate registration process and related fee for the Retreat, since we are not yet clear on when and how to hold the retreat due to the pandemic.
High schoolers who are not baptized may join our Adult RCIA program.
RCIA for Children
RCIA for Children is a faith formation program for children who have not been baptized and are 7+ years old; or for older children who have been baptized but who are still in need of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
RCIA for Children enables children in grades 4 through 8 to enter into a relationship with the living God and share in the life of their identity as Catholics. High schoolers who are not baptized may join our Adult RCIA program.
RCIA for Children classes are scheduled based on the availability of the Catechists and participants. Full initiation sacraments (Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation) are usually received at the Easter Vigil Mass. First Holy Communion may be received with the Sacramental class. Please email Catherine Campbell or call 650-948-2158, ext. 2209 for more details.
Baptism for Children Under Age 7
If you are interested in baptizing your child (under the age of 7) at St. Nicholas & St. William Catholic Parish, please REGISTER HERE.