"I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and remains in Me and I in him" (John 6:51, 54, 56).

The Eucharist is not just a sign or symbol of Jesus. We believe that Jesus is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist. The priest transforms the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus through transubstantiation.

"By the consecration, the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine, Christ Himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: His Body and His Blood, with His soul and His divinity" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1413).

The Mass is divided into two parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. At Mass, we are fed by the Word of God and nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ.

The Eucharist was instituted as a food, a spiritual food. That is why the outward sign of this sacrament – the appearances of bread and wine – is a sign of nourishment, just as in Baptism the outward sign is water, a sign of cleansing.

"Holy Communion is the shortest and fastest way to Heaven" (St. Pius X).


1st Communion Preparation Program FAQs

Who is eligible to register for 1st Communion preparation?

Children who have been baptized, have reached the age of reason (6-7 years old), and are in at least 2nd grade may prepare to receive 1st Communion.

What if my child hasn't been baptized yet but wants to receive 1st Communion?

Children who have not been baptized yet should contact Sr. Norberta Villasenor and inquire about the RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) program.

What if I am an adult and want to receive 1st Communion?

Adults who are interested in preparing to receive 1st Communion should call Sr. Norberta Villasenor and inquire about the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program.

How do I register my child for 1st Communion preparation?

Please note that all applications without an accompanying baptismal certificate will be considered incomplete. Please click below to fill out the application form for 1st Communion preparation online.
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How much does the preparation program for 1st Communion cost?

There is no fee for the preparation program for 1st Communion. However, we do recommend that a free-will offering be made to St. Pius at the 1st Communion Mass in thanksgiving to God and to the Church.

How long does it take to prepare for 1st Communion?

Preparation for 1st Communion takes one year.

When are 1st Communion preparation classes for children in elementary school (grades 2-5)?

Classes are on Sunday mornings from 10:15-11:00 AM in the Parish School. Please see below for the 2016-17 year calendar:
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When are 1st Communion preparation classes for youth in middle school (grades 6-8)?

Classes gather on Sunday evenings at 6:00 PM in Homer Crouse and end at 8:30 PM in the Fitzsimon Center Youth Room. Please click below for the 2016-17 calendar:
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Does my child need to be part of the parish Children's Faith Formation program while preparing for 1st Communion?

Yes. Candidates for 1st Communion must be active members of the parish Children's Faith Formation program for at least one year before receiving 1st Communion.

When is 1st Reconciliation?

The 1st Reconciliation service will be on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Church.

Is 1st Reconciliation mandatory for 1st Communion candidates?


What if my child missed the 1st Reconciliation service?

It is your responsibility to take your child to a priest during other opportunities for confession. Your child should tell the priest that it is his/her first time going to confession. After your child goes to confession for the first time, contact Michael So at so that the parish has a record that this program requirement was satisfied.

For more information, contact Michael So at


1st Communion Mass Guidelines FAQs

When is 1st Communion Mass this year (2017)?

There will be three 1st Communion Masses: a) Saturday, May 6 @ 5:00 PM (English); b) Sunday, May 7 @ 9:00 AM (English); and c) Sunday, May 7 @ 11:15 AM (Spanish).

How do I sign up for a particular 1st Communion Mass?

Please click the link below to sign up for a particular 1st Communion Mass.
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When is rehearsal for the 1st Communion Mass?

There will be one rehearsal for each 1st Communion Mass: a) Monday, May 1 @ 7:00 PM for the May 6, 5:00 PM Mass; b) Wednesday, May 3 @ 7:00 PM for the May 7, 9:00 AM Mass; and c) Thursday, May 4 @ 7:00 PM for the May 7, 11:15 AM Mass. All rehearsals will be in the Church.

Are rehearsals mandatory?


Who must go to the rehearsal?

The 1st Communion candidate as well as the people who will be processing in with the candidate at the beginning of Mass are required to attend the rehearsal.

Is there a mandatory parent meeting about 1st Communion Mass?

Yes. There will be a parent meeting in English on Sunday, March 26 at 10:15 AM in Homer Crouse. There will be a parent meeting in Spanish on Sunday, April 2 at 10:15 AM in Homer Crouse. Information about the 1st Communion Mass will be given out and questions will be answered.

What should my child wear (girls)?

Girls should wear a white dress with flats or low-heeled white or light-colored shoes. A white veil is allowed but not required.

What should my child wear (boys)?

Boys should wear a white dress shirt, tie, black/dark long pants, and leather dress shoes. A suit jacket is optional. Tennis shoes are not allowed. A white armband is optional.

Can I process in with my child?

1-2 people must process in with your child at the beginning of Mass. These people may be parents, padrinos, godparents, grandparents, or other special people.

Is my child allowed to carry religious items while processing in?

Your child may carry one religious item (a rosary, a Bible, a candle (unlit), etc.) while processing in at the beginning of Mass. You will be responsible for keeping track of this item. This is entirely optional.

May I take pictures during the 1st Communion Mass?

Mass is our most holy Sacrament, and we must take care to maintain a reverent atmosphere at all times. As such, only the official photographer will be allowed to take pictures by the altar. Other photographers may take pictures from the pews. Please note that flash photography is not allowed.

Where will the people who process in with my child sit during Mass?

The 1st Communion candidates will be seated in the first few pews. All people who process in with the candidates will be seated in the pews behind all the candidates.

When will the family and guests go to Communion?

All of the 1st Communion candidates will receive Communion first. The rest of the assembly, including family and guests, will then follow.

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The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is available to us everyday in the Mass.
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For First Communion

For Children & Teens

Contact Michael So

(650) 361-1411, ext. 113

For Adults

Contact Sr. Norberta Villasenor

(650) 361-1411, ext. 115

You will need to go through our Rite of Christian Initation for Adults (RCIA) program.