Noon Mass on 5/16 will be outside on the East Campus lawn.
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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.

Important Dates  (or click here for a printable version of Reconciliation Dates and First Communion Dates)


October 18, 2020 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
October 19, 2020 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Reconciliation Parent/Child Catechesis - Parents choose 1 - Sessions are held in the Hoffman Room on the West Campus.  A Sign-up Genius link will be coming.  If you attended a Parent Catechesis Session for Eucharist and Penance in the last 2 years, you do not need to attend again.  

January 7, 2021 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
West Campus Classroom

Reconciliation Refresher - (Optional) Intended for Summer Program and Primary Inspired Catholic Education students - but all Reconciliation students that need a little refresher.
January 13, 2021 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Held in Church
Reconciliation Prayer Service - All Reconciliation students and parents attend this prayer service and students celebrate the Sacrament of their First Reconciliation.  
January  31,2021 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 
February 1, 2021 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
First Communion Parent/Child Session - Choose 1 - Parents attend Parent Catechesis while children attend First Communion preparation activities.  All children attend. Sign-up here.
April 24, 2021
Held in Church and West Campus School
First Communion Retreat - For all students and parents - there will also be a mandatory First Communion rehearsal during this time.

Saturday, May 1, 2021  10:00 a.m.
Sunday, May 2, 2021 2:30p.m.

Saint Joseph Parish

First Holy Communion Weekend - You will receive your child's date by the end of September. 


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