First Holy Eucharist (Elementary School)

… And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20

God has given us a remarkable gift – the Eucharist.  We are invited to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus into our own bodies, nourishing our souls and allowing us to become closer to Him.

About our Program

In order for our children to understand how extraordinary this privilege is, they must be prepared properly before they receive the Sacrament.  The First Eucharist Sacramental Program at our Lady of Guadalupe in Helotes is composed of two years of study.

Year 1 of First Eucharist

Year 1 of First Eucharist involves our At-Home Faith Formation Program and begins when your child is in the second grade (or older). Grade appropriate workbooks are provided for your child to work on at home with your guidance and at your pace. Students receive credit for Year 1 of First Eucharist when they turn in the homework from the At-Home Faith Formation Program. Year 1 runs typically like an academic school year (from September to May).

Qualifications for Year 1 of First Eucharist

Registration dates, times and fees for Year 1 are the same as for the At-Home Faith Formation Program (listed at the bottom of this web page).

  1. Parents or legal guardians MUST be registered parishioners of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Helotes for at least 3 months prior to registration.
  2. Family should be attending weekly Mass regularly.
  3. Child MUST be in the second grade (or older) to enroll in Year 1 of First Eucharist.
  4. Child MUST complete and turn in the homework from the At-Home Faith Formation Program in order to receive credit for Year 1 of Eucharist.

Year 2 of First Eucharist

Year 2 of First Eucharist is a more traditional classroom setting. Parents (or legal guardians) and child MUST attend a monthly class during which the child receives sacramental preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confession) AND the Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist. Year 2 also includes mandatory attendance to a First Eucharist Retreat. Families are encouraged to complete two faith-based activities during the program year.

Qualifications for Year 2 of First Eucharist

Registration dates and times for Year 2 of Holy Eucharist are the same as the At-Home Faith Formation Program. Please note that the registration fee for Year 2 of First Eucharist is DIFFERENT (listed at the bottom of this web page).

  1. Your child qualifies to register for Year 2 of Holy Eucharist when:
    • The student completed and submitted the homework for Year 1 of Holy Eucharist here at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Helotes. OR
    • A formal letter from the Catholic School your child is currently enrolled in is submitted with your registration form. OR
    • If your child completed Year 1 of Holy Eucharist at another church, a formal letter from that church’s Pastor or Director of Religious Education MUST be turned in with your registration form.
  2. Parents or legal guardians MUST be registered parishioners of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Helotes for at least 3 months prior to registration.
  3. Family should be attending weekly Mass regularly.
  4. Child MUST be in the third grade (or older) to enroll in Year 2 of Holy Eucharist.
  5. Parents or legal guardians MUST provide a copy of the child’s Certificate of Baptism at the time of registration.
  6. Child AND one parent/legal guardian MUST attend all class dates, complete in class and take home assignments, and attend a retreat in order to complete Year 2 of Holy Eucharist.

Registration

NEW and returning students may register and turn in homework at our Parish Office on the following dates and times:

  • Registration Dates & Times for the 2018-2019 Program Year will be announced here, in our weekly church bulletin AND during all Sunday Masses starting at the end of April 2018. Visit site often, don’t walk out of the church without the bulletin and pay extra attention to Mass announcements. See you soon!!

These registration dates and times are for both the At-Home Faith Formation Program, Year 1 and Year 2 of the First Eucharist Program.

CLICK HERE for a PDF version of the 2017-2018 First Eucharist Year 2 (Elem) Application.

CLICK HERE for a PDF version of the 2017-2018 Year 2 Class Schedule.

Registration Fees:

For At-Home & Year 1 First Eucharist Programs

$45 (one child)
$70 (two siblings)
$90 (three siblings)
$105 (four or more siblings)

For Year 2 First Eucharist Program

$70 (one child)
$120 (two siblings)
$150 (three siblings)

Questions? Please contact…

Anna Alvarado at either (210) 695-8791, Ext. 114 or via email at: AAlvarado@olghelotes.org

We look forward to welcoming you and your child into the First Eucharist program.  This is an important step in your child’s journey of faith and we would be so happy to be a part of it.