“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharist sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice on the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.” (CCC #133)
- Celebrating the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time should be an integral part of the ongoing religious experience of a child. Receiving First Communion further initiates a child into the life of the Christian community. Catechesis should take into consideration the child’s age, ability and development.
- Children must have at least one year of faith formation before entering into the First Communion Program.
- During the month of May we celebrate two to three Masses for the children celebrating their First Communion. These Masses are usually celebrated on a Saturday morning. It is preferable to celebrate at a regular Sunday liturgy.
- Since Sacraments are a community celebration, reception of First Communion should occur in a communal setting at a Sunday celebration of the Mass. All members of the parish community should be advised of and invited to the celebration of this sacred event.
- As the primary educators of their child, parents/guardians have the first and most important influence on the faith development of their child. The best and most fruitful catechesis for the reception of First Communion must involve them. St. Charles provides catechesis for parents/guardians on Eucharist before their child’s first reception of the sacrament. This catechesis is meant to present the Church’s rich teaching of the sacrament is designed to deepen the parents/guardians understanding and love of the sacrament so they can guide their child into fuller participation in the life and worship of the Christian community.
- The normal time for a child to be catechized for the reception of First Communion is in the winter and spring seasons of second grade, after having been prepared for the reception and receiving of the Sacrament of Penance. The preferred time for the reception of First Communion is during the Easter Season.
How May We Help?
For more information regarding First Reconciliation/First Communion contact Religious Education office 650-591-7349 ext. 407
First Reconciliation/First Communion 2016-17 calendar will be available in September when you receive you letter.
First Reconciliation/First Communion Registration form
Will be uploaded after classes start in September 2016