First Holy Communion
Holy Communion is the food that nourishes our souls and continues to give us God’s spirit and life. Holy Communion is the actual flesh and blood of Jesus Christ himself. Holy Communion is the gift of Christ’s sacrificial love for us and the world. Holy Communion unites us as believers and leads us to look forward to the banquet and feast that awaits us in heaven. All baptized Catholics, adults and children over 7 years old (the age of reason) have the capacity to discover the beauty of the Eucharist and all the responsibilities and powers that come from receiving Christ's Body and Blood.
FOR CHILDREN IN FIRST GRADE: Children can prepare for First Holy Communion as soon as they enter first grade in school. It is a two year program so they can be prepared for both the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Children who will be prepared in English take classes on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00pm. These children are also welcome to attend the After School Program on Monday through Friday from 3:00-6:00pm. Children who will be prepared in Spanish take classes on Saturdays from 12:00-2:00pm. They are encouraged to attend the After School Program on Monday through Friday from 3:00-6:00pm.
FOR OLDER CHILDREN/TEENS: Children who are older than seven are prepared for First Holy Communion in a course designed for their ages and maturity level. They are not put in class with first and second graders.
FOR ADULTS: Adults who have not received their First Holy Communion can take preparation classes. This includes adults who were baptized Roman Catholics, or Christians who were baptized in other denominations and wish to become Catholic. Please call the parish office or speak to a priest if you want to begin this process.