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Students enrolled at Catholic elementary schools would normally make their First Communion with their classmates. Students enrolled at other schools should contact the pastor at 415.922.1010 to make arrangements.
Along with the Sacrament of Baptism, First Holy Communion is one of our three sacraments of initiation. Through these sacraments of initiation we become full members of the Church. During First Holy Communion we receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time. The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity truly present in the consecrated host and wine (now called the Body and Blood of Christ) on the altar. For us as Catholics, there is nothing greater than to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass. We extend a special greeting to you if you are trying to find out more about First Holy Communion for yourself or your child.
If you are visiting our site because your child is approaching second grade, or a little older; and you want to know the process for your child to receive First Holy
Communion, we say welcome! We know this is a busy and exciting time for your family, and we want to continue to assist you in raising your child in the faith.
What you see…is bread and a cup. This is what your eyes report to you. But your faith has need to be taught that the bread is the body of Christ, the cup the blood of Christ…
If then, you wish to understand the body of Christ, listen to the Apostle as he says to the faithful, “You are the body of Christ and His members”…
You reply “Amen” to that which you are, and by replying you consent… Be a member of the body of Christ so that your “Amen” may be true…
Be what you see, and receive what you are. —St. Augustine
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