All children preparing for First Eucharist must already be baptized as a Roman Catholic, must be at least 7 years old and in the 2nd grade at the time they are scheduled to receive their First Eucharist, and must currently be enrolled in their second consecutive year (or more) of formal catechesis in a parish.  The children must also participate in St. Francis of Assisi’s weekly Sunday liturgy with their family. 


First Eucharist

This is a two year process with no breaks between the two years.

The first year of preparation involves parent(s) and child attending JOY

In the 2nd year of preparation, the parent(s) and child must attend JOY along with the Sacramental preparation workshops for First Eucharist.  The First Eucharist preparation workshops involve four monthly sessions beginning in January during the JOY enrollment year.

JOY is our Religious Educational Process.  All Sacramental preparation comes through the JOY Program. If you have children ages 4 and up they are eligible to join in our catechetical process. If you have a child 7 years old or older, the family must be in JOY to prepare for First Eucharist and High School Confirmation. Registration is in AUGUST each year. Please call Lerma Simpson, First Sacraments Coordinator at 408.223.1770 x 310 for First Eucharist or Lisa Nakamura, Faith Formation Director at 408.223.1770 x 316.


Preparation for Persons with Disabilities

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St. Francis of Assisi and the Diocese of San Jose understand that all Catholics have the right to participate in the sacraments. If you have a loved one (no matter what their age or disability is) who needs to prepare for any of the sacraments, please contact our Faith Formation team at 408.223.1770:  Lisa Nakamura, Faith Formation Director ext. 316, Lerma Simpson, First Sacraments Coordinator ext. 310.