Eucharist is the second of the three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism and Confirmation) which complete an individual's membership to the Catholic Community. This Sacrament is commonly called Communion and celebrates the real presence of Christ in the bread, wine, and gathered community.
Eucharist is the most important and more repeated Sacrament of the Catholic life. Each Sunday we gather in Mass as the Body of Christ to be nourished by the life-giving gift of Jesus' own body and blood. When we leave Mass, we take this loving gift with us into the world, spreading the love of God and Good news of Jesus to all those around us.
Regular participation in the Eucharist is encouraged for all Catholics 7 years and older. First Communion typically occurs in a child's second grade year. If your child attends All Saints or another Catholic school, they will be prepared for their first Eucharist as part of their school curriculum. If your child attends a public or non-Catholic private school, they will need to enroll in the Faith Formation process.
First Eucharist/First Communion preparation is a two-year process, beginning with a year of enrollment in the faith formation process. If you would like your child to receive their first Eucharist in second grade, they must be enrolled in Faith Formation in the 1st grade. Please click on the
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Older children who need to make their First Eucharist enter a similar process, though it is tailored based on how much religious education the child has had in the past. To enroll your child in Faith Formation Program, so that they can begin to prepare for first communion, please contact the church office at (510) 581-2570
High School students can be prepared for First Eucharist at the same time they are preparing for Confirmation. Please see the Confirmation page for more details.
Adults who have been baptized and would like to celebrate their First Eucharist are encouraged to enroll in the RCIA process. To begin, please contact the church office (510) 581-2570.
For more information about Eucharist, consider reading these articles from AmericanCatholic.org: Eucharist