The Holy Eucharist completes the Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood through Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ through confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1322)
The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.” (CCC 1324)
Listening to Jesus' command to "Do this in remembrance of me", First Holy Communion / Holy Eucharist unites an individual to God and the Catholic faithful through the reception of our Lord at Mass. The Eucharist brings us into one body and provides the graces to love and serve God and each other more faithfully, fulfilling Jesus' prayer to the Father: "I wish that they might all be one as you and I are one."
The Eucharist is available to all Baptized Catholics who have received First Communion and who are in the state of grace.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we are cancelling our classes for First Communion, Confirmation and RCIC until further notice.
The mystery of the Eucharist is where our entire life finds its purpose, meaning, and unity. The child is led to experience this truth in the program of preparation so as to understand the mystery of Christ according to his/her capacity, and can receive the Body of Christ with faith and devotion.
The First Holy Communion preparation program at St. Joseph is a one-year process for baptized children ages 7 through 11 (grades 2 - 6) preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time at an advanced pace.
If needed, high school youth ages 14 through 16 (grades 9 - 11) are also prepared for First Holy Communion.
For elementary school-aged children ages 7 to 11 preparing for First Holy Communion, there are two sessions available during the school year, Wednesdays from 5:00pm -7:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am -11:00am.
If you have a child or youth in first year of Holy Communion, Confirmation or RCIC, you are required to attend Parent Faith Formation classes on the dates indicated on the attached calendar. Click here for the calendar of classes.
Requirements for First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation:
Provide copies of the student's Birth certificate and Baptismal certificate
Parents are required to attend Sunday Mass as a family and Faith Formation classes twice a month.
If you are 18 years old or over, and you'd like to begin the process of receiving First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation, please contact Mrs. Lillian Cervantes at (909) 629-1404 in the Faith Formation Office. The office is closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.
Mrs. Lillian Cervantes, DRE
Ms. Gabriela, Office Assistant
Phone: (909) 629-1404