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The Holy Eucharist

“Of all the sacraments the adorable sacrament of the altar is the most excellent.  The other sacraments contain the gifts of God, but the Holy Eucharist contains God himself.  Hence St. Thomas says that the other sacraments have been instituted by Jesus Christ to prepare men either to receive or to administer the Blessed Eucharist, which according to the Holy Doctor, is the consummation of the spiritual life; because from this sacrament is derived all the perfection of the soul.  For all perfection consists in a union with God: and of all the means of uniting the soul to Him, there is none better than holy Communion by which, as Jesus Christ Himself has said, the soul becomes as it were one thing with Him.  ‘He that eateth my flesh… abideth in me and I in him’… The principal effect of this sacrament is to preserve in the soul the life of grace.  Hence, it is called bread; for as earthly bread supports corporal life, so this heavenly bread preserves the life of the soul which consists in the grace of God.” St. Alphonsus, The True Spouse of Jesus Christ, pp. 564-565.

First Communion Dates


September 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Family Center, East Campus

Reconciliation/First Holy Communion Kick Off Meeting

October 17 or 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Family Center, East Campus

Reconciliation Parent Catechesis

January 6, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Hoffman Rm.

Reconciliation Refresher (optional)

Intended for Summer Program Religious Education students or any student that need a little refresher  

January 8, 9 - 11:45 a.m.

East Campus

Dragon Slayers Retreat

All Students and Parents. Fun, engaging, and powerfully educational live "Dragon Slayers" presentation for kids and parents that includes inspiring talk for parents, fun breakouts for parents and kids to prepare for First Reconciliation AND First Communion, and an opportunity for families to spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

January 12, 6:30 p.m.


First Reconciliation Prayer Service

All Reconciliation students and parents attend this prayer service and students celebrate the Sacrament of their First Reconciliation

January 30 or 31, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Family Center, East Campus

First Holy Communion

Parent and Student Catechesis

April 9, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

West Campus

First Holy Communion Preparation

All Student and Parents

May 7, 10 a.m. and May 15, 2:30 p.m.

First Holy Communion Masses


A Child's Readiness for First Communion

  1. The child must believe that the bread and wine have indeed become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and that Jesus is truly present.
  2. The child must be sufficiently prepared to allow for the reception of the Eucharist with appropriate devotion and reverence.  

Saint Joseph Parish Dress Code for the celebration of Sacrament of First Holy Communion


  • Nice pants (dark blue, black or khaki)
  • Tie and dress shirt
  • Jacket optional
  • Dress shoes


  • White/pastel dress (knee or tea length) (colored flower accents ok)
  • Veil - optional
  • No gloves or bouquets, please

A Letter from Pope Saint John Paul II to the children addressing the importance of First Holy Communion

Dear Friends, there is no doubt that an unforgettable meeting with Jesus is First Holy Communion, a day to be more