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First Reconciliation / Confession

Inviting Children to Their First Confession

We welcome families into the process of preparing your child to celebrate the beautiful sacrament of reconciliation. We hope everyone finds the experience fruitful and enriching.

First Reconciliation preparation for families with children age seven (Grade 2) and above is offered once a year. The sacrament is celebrated in November or January. Children must be active participants in faith formation programs at The Basilica, or be enrolled in a Catholic school. 

Preparation involves:

  • A parent meeting in October
  • Parent-child activities to do at home
  • A parent-child retreat

Contact Christine Moore at 612.317.3439.

Parish Policies for Sacraments

  • All families celebrating sacraments at The Basilica of Saint Mary must be registered member of the parish.
  • Children must participate in weekly classes, or be enrolled in a Catholic school, the year before AND the year in which they are to receive the sacramentand attend Mass on a weekly basis.


Class sizes will be limited to 16 students and two adult volunteers or 24 students and three adult volunteers.  


Role of the community

Children preparing for this sacrament and their families are supported throughout this process by the prayers, example and faith of The Basilica community. In turn, our community’s faith is strengthened by the witness these children bring with them in their desire to be reconciled to God.