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Preparation for First Holy Communion is a two-year process most commonly beginning in first grade. After completion of the Level 1 and Level 2 curriculum, students receive their First Reconciliation and their First Communion, which usually takes place in April/May.
Level 1 is considered the first year of preparation for First Communion for children 6 or 7 years of age. Most students complete this class a first graders. The theme of the course is ‘God Loves Us’ and emphasizes; how Jesus teaches us to love God; that we are disciples of Jesus; that we belong to the Church and how we celebrate and live our faith. The children will also be taught the basic prayers of our faith (the Sign of the Cross, the Gory be, Grace before Meals Prayer, the Hail Mary and the Our Father). In Level 2 our students complete their preparation for the First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. The theme of the course is ‘Jesus Shares God’s Life’ and emphasizes; that Jesus Christ is always with us; that Jesus calls us to penance and Reconciliation; that Jesus gives himself in the Eucharist and; how we live our Catholic faith. The students will also complete a separate First Eucharist preparation book. Students and parents will also be asked to participate in various celebrations leading up to First Holy Communion.
Students third grade through 8th grade who need preparation for First Communion will also complete two years, one at their grade level and the 2nd year, as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) class.
A baptismal certificate needs to be presented at the time of registration for the First Communion Program. Parents are expected to participate in the preparation of their child for this sacrament by attending the various celebrations and meetings that are an integral part of the program.
First Communion Celebration Dates
For information about the First Communion program please contact the Office of Religious Education - Children's Faith Formation at 650-574-8716 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Adults interested in receiving First Communion and Confirmation are invited to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Regular sessions are held on Sunday; 10:15 - 11:15 am in the Religious Education office beginning in September. For further information contact Karen Elmore. For teens, contact the Office of Religious Education - Children's Faith Formation.
Any baptized Catholic wishing to complete their sacraments.
Karen Elmore, RCIA Director, 650-345-8506 or email@example.com
The Office of Religious Education - Children's Faith Formation at 650-574-8716 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Eucharistic Ministers bring Holy Communion to the ill and homebound of our parish.
If you are in need of the sacrament, please contact the parish office at 650-345-8506. Those wishing to join this ministry, please contact email@example.com