Children who have reached the age of reason (typically around seven years old) are invited along with their parents to participate in preparation for First Reconciliation in the fall of each year. These children must have been participating in Faith Formation classes in the parish or Bishop Walsh School for a minimum of one year prior to acceptance into the program. The program includes an information session for parents, home instruction by parents with provided text material, and a mini-retreat morning for a parent and child. First Reconciliation is celebrated during the Advent Season in a communal ritual with individual confession. Parents are encouraged to also celebrate the Sacrament at that time.