1323 “At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.” 1324 The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”136 “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.” 1325 “The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit.” 1326 Finally, by the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all. 1327 In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: “Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.”
First Communion for Children
FIRST COMMUNION REQUIREMENTS
- Baptismal Certificate.
- Fill out Registration Form.
- Donation-$50 per child.
- Child must know how to read (2nd grade).
- Child must attend two years of classes.
For more information call (661)323-7642
First Communion for Adults
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Program
From the time of the apostles, becoming a Christian has been accomplished by a journey and initiation in several stages. This journey can be covered rapidly or slowly, but certain essential elements will always have to be present: proclamation of the Word, acceptance of the Gospel entailing conversion, profession of faith, Baptism itself, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and admission to Eucharistic communion. CCC 1229
RCIA program is for all those candidates not baptized, who want to learn about the Catholic faith, and the baptized not catechized, but eager to know about the teachings of Jesus Christ, transmitted to the Apostles, and inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe invites you to meet with the living God, present in the sacraments.
CATECHUMEN: Are those who are preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) not received as child.
RECEPTION INTO FULL COMMUNION: Are those who are baptized in a separated ecclesial Community, and want to be in union with the Catholic Church by receiving the sacraments.
ADULT CONFIRMATION: Those who have been baptized as Catholics but who not been brought up in the faith or not received the sacrament of confirmation. This sacrament, like baptism, may only be celebrated once.
ADULT FIRST COMMUNION: Those who are baptized in the faith and Confirmed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, but notcatechized,seekingcelebrate theEucharistic
To understand the call of Christ and to get close to the sacraments that we will receive we must have a pre-evangelization and catechesis.
RCIA English Schedule
Catechumens & Candidates to Reception into Full Communion
Sunday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Rm. St. Raphael OLG California Site.
Confirmation & First Communion
Tuesday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Rm. St. Raphael OLG California Site.
Please call at (661) 323-7642 for information about the requirements and schedule.
If your child is 7 years or older and is not baptized yet, he/she must first attend Catechism classes.
He/she need all 1st. Communion requirements. (Except the proof of sacraments).
Bring the Birth certificate of your child.