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 that may begin in 1st grade:
Year 1 ~ Children must complete one year of Faith Formation or Catholic School religious education (usually in 1st or 2nd grade). Choose ONLY the Faith Formation Year 1 program when registering. There is no Sacrament Prep registration or fee for the first year.
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. This year requires registration and fees for both Faith Formation Year 2 program AND the First Communion Sacramental Preparation program (with sacrament prep 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. Requirements for Confirmation candidates include:
- regular attendance at either Edge or theIntersection
- attendance at monthly Confirmation prep sessions with sponsor or parent
- attendance at our Winter Retreat *
- participation in Holy Week liturgies
- Confirmation rehearsal
To begin the process, your student will register for (1) the Sacramental Prep program for Confirmation, and (2) a Youth Ministry program (EDGE for 6-8th graders or theIntersection for 9th-12th graders).
High schoolers who are not baptized may join our Adult RCIA program.
* Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year there is a SEPARATE REGISTRATION PROCESS for the Youth/Confirmation Hybrid Retreat scheduled for April 23-25,2021.
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 visit our Baptism page to register.