"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).
1st Communion Preparation Program FAQs
Who is eligible to register for 1st Communion preparation?
What if my child hasn't been baptized yet but wants to receive 1st Communion?
What if I am an adult and want to receive 1st Communion?
How do I register my child for 1st Communion preparation?
How much does the preparation program for 1st Communion cost?
How long does it take to prepare for 1st Communion?
When are 1st Communion preparation classes for children in elementary school (grades 2-5)?
When are 1st Communion preparation classes for youth in middle school (grades 6-8)?
Does my child need to be part of the parish Children's Faith Formation program while preparing for 1st Communion?
When is 1st Reconciliation?
Is 1st Reconciliation mandatory for 1st Communion candidates?
What if my child missed the 1st Reconciliation service?
For more information, please contact Michael So at email@example.com.
1st Communion Mass Guidelines FAQs
When is 1st Communion Mass this year (2017)?
How do I sign up for a particular 1st Communion Mass?
When is rehearsal for the 1st Communion Mass?
Are rehearsals mandatory?
Who must go to the rehearsal?
Is there a mandatory parent meeting about 1st Communion Mass?
What should my child wear (girls)?
What should my child wear (boys)?
Can I process in with my child?
Is my child allowed to carry religious items while processing in?
May I take pictures during the 1st Communion Mass?
Where will the people who process in with my child sit during Mass?
When will the family and guests go to Communion?
For more information, please contact Cathy Yee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.