First Confession

In order to prepare their hearts for the gift of the Most Holy Eucharist
children first receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called Confession or Penance).  This Sacrament is itself a gift to us from Christ.  Jesus came to reconcile us to the Father through His death on the Cross in expiation for our sins.  The Church carries on this healing ministry of Jesus through her priests in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1461).  In this sacrament, we confess our sins and receive the true forgiveness of God and the Church.

Typically First Confession is celebrated at the Basilica in the month of February. Our celebration includes a beautiful penance service with private confessions for the children (and any parents who would also like to receive the sacrament), and a dinner for the children and their families provided by the parish.

Questions can be addressed to Joe Schmidt ( or 373-3643).

Canon Law on First Confession:
"It is primarily the duty of parents and those who take the place of parents, as well as the duty of pastors, to take care that children who have reached the use of reason are prepared properly and, after they have made sacramental confession, are refreshed with this divine food as soon as possible. It is for the pastor to exercise vigilance so that children who have not attained the use of reason or whom he judges are not sufficiently disposed do not approach holy communion."

- Code of Canon Law, Can.  914