"I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and remains in Me and I in him" (John 6:51, 54, 56).
The Eucharist is not just a sign or symbol of Jesus. We believe that Jesus is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist. The priest transforms the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus through transubstantiation.
"By the consecration, the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine, Christ Himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: His Body and His Blood, with His soul and His divinity" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1413).
The Mass is divided into two parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. At Mass, we are fed by the Word of God and nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ.
The Eucharist was instituted as a food, a spiritual food. That is why the outward sign of this sacrament – the appearances of bread and wine – is a sign of nourishment, just as in Baptism the outward sign is water, a sign of cleansing.
"Holy Communion is the shortest and fastest way to Heaven" (St. Pius X).
Preparation for Receiving First Communion for Children/Youth
For the 2016-17 year, preparation for receiving First Communion will be a one-year program. Candidates for First Communion must have been baptized and gone to Reconciliation prior to their First Communion Mass.
All First Communion candidates are expected to have been active members of the Faith Formation Program or Youth Ministry Program for at least one academic year prior to receiving First Communion.
During the intellectual formation of the candidates, we will be covering the basic doctrines of the Faith. This will be accomplished by studying and praying with the Scriptures as well as from the Catechism. The Study Days are marked on the year calendar (see below) in green.
There will be a Reconciliation Service for all First Communion candidates on Wednesday, January 25th, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Several priests will be on hand to hear confessions. Parents are also encouraged to go to confession at this time.
The First Communion Masses will be on the weekend of May 6-7. Sign-ups for which Mass you and your child prefer to attend will be made available closer to the weekend.
We will not assess a fee for this Sacrament this year. Instead, we ask that a free-will offering be made as a token of gratitude to God and to the Church at the time of receiving the Sacraments.
The calendar for the year for children in elementary school (grades 2-5) can be found here.
The year calendar for youth in middle school (grades 6-8) can be found here.
The year calendar for youth in high school (grades 9-12) can be found here.
Please click here for an audio file of the parent information meeting about our Children's Faith Formation program this year.
Please click here for an audio file of the parent information meeting about our High School program this year.
For more information, please contact Michael So at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650.361.1411 x 113.
The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is available to us everyday in the Mass.
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For First Communion
For Children/Youth (2nd Grade and Older)
Contact Michael So
(650) 361-1411, ext. 113
Contact Sr. Norberta Villasenor
(650) 361-1411, ext. 115
You will need to go through our Rite of Christian Initation for Adults (RCIA) program.