First Communion

We receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.

First Holy Communion

Sharing in the body and blood of the Lord at Mass (Eucharist) for the first time is a child’s special and sacred connection with our community, one which will be a treasured memory. Eating and drinking with the rest of the community at the Table of the Lord is a sign of belonging fully to that community.

Children baptized as infants are eligible for First Holy Communion from about seven years of age. We offer children prayerful and practical help to celebrate the sacraments with proper devotion and to coach them in the rituals of receiving the sacraments.

I am the BREAD of LIFE, he who comes to me will never go hungry and he who BELIEVES in me will never be thirsty.
~ John 6:35

As you prepare your child for First Holy Communion we invite you to participate in the life of the parish of St. Matthew through attendance at Mass and other parish activities. Our community wants to  know you as we prepare to receive you into the family of Christ.

To inquire about the First Holy Communion program, please contact our Office of Religious Education at 650.344.7622 ext. 101 or by e-mail at

Requirements for First Holy Communion

  • Children should attend our Faith Formation Program.
  • Child must be 7 years old at the time of registration.
  • Children are required to attend a two-year program.
  • Please bring a copy of the child’s baptism certificate at the time of registration. Registrations are held from June to August.