First Reconciliation


Our sacramental preparation program for First Reconciliation, designed for second grade and above, is called Together in Jesus. The program consists of five integrated component that you and your child will need to complete before receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

  • Classroom Component with Parent / Caregiverreconciliation
  • Family Component
  • Prayer Component
  • Service Component
  • Retreat Component

To preview a sample classroom lesson visit:
Jesus Gives us the Holy Spirit

Program Requirements

Together in Jesus First Reconciliation program at St. Mary’s Basilica has been designed to fulfill the requirements put forth in the Diocese of Phoenix Sacrament of First Confession Policy and Guidelines 2006. By completing the above components of preparation your child will meet the criteria for readiness to receive First Reconciliation.  Please review the First Reconciliation Program Requirements for 2021-2022 for detailed information on each component of preparation for First Reconciliation.

Introduction Letter:  First Reconciliation Parent Letter
Program Requirements:  First Reconciliation Program Requirements for 2022-2023
Schedule: First Reconciliation 2022-2023

Child’s Readiness

The Diocese of Phoenix states, “Parents and the parish catechetical leader, together with the pastor are responsible for determining when children are ready to receive First Reconciliation.” The Diocese of Phoenix has provided the following criteria for readiness:

  • jesus_childrenAn awareness that God loves them.
  • Regular participation in Sunday Mass. (Determined by participation in CLOW.)
  • Prayer as a part of the child’s life and also experienced within their family.
  • A growing ability to distinguish between accidents and the right and wrong choices they make.
  • A capacity for sincere sorrow and ability to change their actions.
  • The ability to express sorrow for sin.
  • A knowledge that relationships with God and others can be broken through sin.
  • An understanding that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a special sign of God’s forgiveness.

By completing the five components of preparation your child will meet the criteria for readiness to receive First Reconciliation.  In addition, the Diocese of Phoenix also requires that children in First Reconciliation preparation be involved in the parish’s on-going catechetical formation program (Children’s Ministry).


The below registration form can also be used to register your child for our Children’s Ministry Program.

Registration Form:  Registration Form 2022-2023

  • Download the registration form and fill it out completely.  Handwriting needs to be legible.
  • Return the form and payment to one of the below registration and orientation dates.  We ask parent / caregivers to sit through an orientation before registering their child, which includes safe environment training.
    • August 7, 2021 – 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • August 14, 2021 – 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • August 21, 2021 – 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • August 28, 2021 – 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Payment Plan Form:  Payment Plan Form 2022-2023
If you need financial assistance in paying the registration fee please download and complete the above form
and bring it to one of the above registration weekends after all the Masses.

For More Information

Coordinator of Children Ministry
Theresa Rodriguez
(602) 354-2068
Email: [email protected]