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.
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, classes will meet twice a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 - 6:30pm.
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
Any application received without the above required documents is incomplete and cannot be accepted.
Fees for children in First Communion (1 child in family) $110.00; (2 children in family) $140.00; (3 children in family) $145.00.
Children will meet online (parents must have a Gmail account in order to use Google Classroom for class along with a computer with a camera).
ANY FIRST COMMUNION APPLICATION MUST BE TURNED INTO THE FAITH FORMATION OFFICE ALONG WITH DOCUMENT(S) AND FEES IN ORDER TO BE COMPLETELY ENROLLED INTO THE PROGRAM. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED OCTOBER 5 - OCTOBER 30 IN THE FAITH FORMATION OFFICE FROM 9:00AM to 12:30PM AND 1:30PM - 4:00PM.
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