St. John the Baptist Church

11150 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito, CA 94530 | Phone: 510 232-5659 | Email:

​​​​As Catholic Christians, we are committed to knowing, loving and serving God 
by obeying His commandments and serving our brothers and sisters with love and respect.​

​© 2011 St. John the Baptist Church. El Cerrito, CA. ​​

Religious Education

First Reconciliation

First Reconciliation is included in the First Communion program, see below for more information. 

First Communion

First Communion at St. John's is a single program, including and welcoming all children of the parish, both those enrolled in St. John's School and those going to school elsewhere.

  • Baptized children and children preparing for baptism (see note below) in the second grade, or above, are eligible and encouraged to participate.
  • For children not attending St. John’s School:
    • This one-year program starts in September and ends in the middle of May.
    • Classes are held on scheduled Sundays from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • For children attending St. John’s School, classes are incorporated into the ordinary curriculum.
  • The program includes preparing for and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


  • Complete and submit the registration form.
  • Provide a copy of the child's Baptismal certificate.


  1. Be on time for classes, schedule events, and activities.
  2. Attend 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass, including participatory liturgies.
  3. Attend Christmas and First Communion activities.
  4. Not miss more than three classes.


  • Attend 9:30 a.m. Mass with the children.
  • Help the children memorize the required prayers
  • Attend all parent meetings
  • Participate in the Christmas and First Communion events
  • Help if necessary at the CCD led liturgies.

Download the registration form. 

For more information contact Lynne Evans, Children's Religious Education Director at (510) 501-4894 or by email.


The Confirmation program at St. John the Baptist provides catechism to teenage Catholics in preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. The program is open to all high school students who are interested in deepening their faith and receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.

The program spans one academic year and includes weekly Catechism meetings, a retreat and other events and opportunities for spiritual edification. Prior to entering the program, interested candidates must have completed a full year of participation in the parish youth group and received the sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation and First Communion.

 Confirmation meetings are Wednesday nights from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Community Center.

For more information contact Gina DeLaTorre, Youth Ministry & Confirmation Director at (510) 815-0050 or by email.


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults are introduced to the teachings of the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. This prepares unbaptized adults and members of other faiths who wish to join the Catholic Church for the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. 

RCIA meetings are Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of  the Community Center.

For more information contact Christine Hickey, RCIA coordinator at (510) 236-5872