Children preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion:

· Are at least second grade or older

· Have participated in SJAKids with their families for at least one year prior to the First Communion year (i.e. it is a two year process)

· During the First Communion year, families again register for and participate in SJAKids, but also attend a few extra sessions specific to the sacraments—three sessions to prepare for First Reconciliation, and three sessions to prepare for First Communion

· But much of the preparation for the sacraments is done at home—children and parents read through and discuss what they learn in the “Blessed: First Reconciliation” and “Blessed: First Communion” books

· HAVE QUESTIONS about the sacraments?  Email Mary Machi ( or call 925-830-4710.  We look forward to celebrating the sacraments with you!