First Holy Communion or First Eucharist is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation.  It is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ Himself, the food in our journey of faith.

We, in the community of Saint  Joseph, are happy that you have chosen our Parish to guide you in your child’s sacramental journey.

In Person Classes

We appreciate your interest in enrolling in our Religious Education Program. We are excited to announce that we will be having in-person classes starting this September.

We will be following all the health guidelines provided by the LA County and our Archdiocese. We can assure all parents that we have the resources to provide a healthy environment for all candidates.

Class Format

All prospective candidates must attend class once a week. There are four days being offered for First Communion classes.

Tuesday: 6:50 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 6:50 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday: 6:50 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9:50 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Along with this. Parents are asked to take parent classes twice a month with our Adult Formation team. The dates of the parent classes will correspond with that of the student's schedule. Parents will also asked to help the community and Parish by doing 5 hours of community service.

Service opportunities will be given at a later date.

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Living your Faith
Along with attending weekly catechism classes. The Parish community encourages all candidates to come to Mass weekly to live their faith. There are 11 Masses over the week to choose from.

All students will receive a Student ID that will be scanned at the end of Mass to track attendance.

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Now Open!

As of May 1, 2021, we are opening online pre-registration.

This allows you to save a spot in our program! We remind you that this is only pre-registration.  We are still asking you to come in during the summer and fulfill the rest of the registration requirements.


Who can pre-register?

Child age seven (7) or in 2nd Grade up until 12th grade.

What if my child is over seven but not baptized?

Non-baptized children over seven (7) can be registered to begin their Catechetical preparation. They will receive their Baptism upon completion of the first Session.

Are there any donations to participate in the program?

Yes, there is an $85.00 donation per student. This helps cover some of the costs to run the program such as student materials, books, building maintenance, insurance payment.

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How can I make my donation?

There are three ways to make your donation.

  1. Bring it to the Parish Center.

  2. Mail it to our Parish, please include your child's name in the notes area.

  3. Pay online through our WeShare online giving program. (Select First Communion Registration)

  4. Can't make a payment right now? Call the Parish Center to discuss a payment plan.

First Communion


Language of Student Class

Meet The Team

Luz Salgado

First Communion Elementary Coordinator

Marissa Garalde

Religious Education Assistant