“The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism, and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation, participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.”
” … The Lord, having loved those who were his own, loved them to the end. Knowing that the hour had come to leave this world and return to the Father, in the course of a meal he washed their feet and gave them the commandment of love. In order to leave them a pledge of this love, in order never to depart from his own and to make them sharers in his Passover, he instituted the Eucharist as the memorial of his death and Resurrection, and commanded his apostles to celebrate it until his return; ‘thereby he constituted them priests of the New Testament.'”
~ from Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1322 & 1337
First Communion: Children
Children preparing to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time must be enrolled in a Catholic school or religious education program for two years. Please contact Carrie Conley for Rebecca Linscott for more information. Visit our Religious Education page:
First Communion: Adults
Adults preparing to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time must participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.). See Confirmation/RCIA for more information.
Eucharistic Celebrations at St. James
Eucharistic Liturgies (Masses) are offered at a variety of times in both the Church and the Parish Center. See our Mass Schedule for more information.