What is the Eucharist?

The Eucharist is the source and the summit of Christian Life. Everything the Church is and does is in the Eucharist. This is because the Eucharist is Jesus Himself. When we receive the Body and Blood of Christ, we grow closer to God and closer to each other.


First Eucharist for Children

First Eucharist 2020

Family may choose one of the following dates:

May 2, 5:00pm Mass

May 3, 8:30am Mass

May 3, 11:00am Mass

May 9, 5:00pm Mass

May 10, 8:30am Mass

May 10, 11:00am Mass


This special time of preparation for families involves parent(s) and children working together to grow in their faith. First Eucharist is usually celebrated when a child is 7 or 8 years old. Preparing for First Eucharist includes a combination of study and prayer at home as well as other activities at church and school.

The policy of St. Joseph the Worker Education and Faith Formation Commission is that a student has completed one year of religious education or Catholic school immediately prior to beginning this sacramental program.

First Eucharist

Staff Contact

For more information on sacrament preparation for children, contact Ann Sirianni, our Faith Formation Coordinator:

Phone: 563-588-1433

First Eucharist for Adults

First Eucharist for Adults is part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). For more information about RCIA, contact Ann Sirianni:

Phone: 563-588-1433

Communion Chalice