FIRST Holy Communion (The Eucharist)
For more information please call the Religious Education Office (559) 434-3522
Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist is a two-year program at Holy Spirit Church. Children can begin their pre-sacramental preparation in the First Grade (information about sacramental preparation classes for older children and teens is listed below). Pre-sacramental and sacramental preparation includes learning the foundations of the Catholic faith, the Church and Prayer.
Children no younger than grades 2-3 who have completed their pre-sacramental year with good attendance will advance to the sacramental year program. This year builds on what the child learned in the pre-sacramental class, and prepares them for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. In keeping with Diocesan guidelines, children must have reached the age of reason (7 years of age or older) before they are able to make their First Reconciliation or First Communion.
Children who are older than seven years of age or in junior/senior high are placed in a preparation program with their peers. Please call the Religious Education Office for specific class days and times.
The Eucharist Encyclical Letter of Pope John Paul II
Communion of Children Catholic Encyclopedia
First Communion: Joining the Family Table AmericanCatholic.org