271. What is the Eucharist?

The Eucharist is the very sacrifice of the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus which he instituted to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until his return in glory. Thus he entrusted to his Church this memorial of his death and Resurrection. It is 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.

C.C.D. Office • 401 W. 5th Street • Madera, CA 93637 • (559) 674-5871

Office Hours

May – September

Monday – Friday

10:00am -1:00pm & 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Starting July we accept registrations during the following hours

 2:00pm – 5:00pm


October – April

Tuesday & Friday

10:00pm – 1:00pm & 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Wednesday & Thursday

10:00am – 1:00pm & 2:00pm – 3:30pm

C.C.D. Program

We offer a two year C.C.D. program that prepares baptized children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Here are some of the requirements to complete the program and receive the sacraments:

  • The child must be at least 7 years old
  • A valid certificate of baptism must be presented at the time of registration
  • Regular attendance is mandatory
  • Attendance at parent meetings
  • If a child is to attend C.C.D. classes in Spanish, he/she must be able to read and write in Spanish

The C.C.D. classes are once a week from October to the end of April.

The following is a list of available class times:

Wednesday – 4:00pm until 5:15pm
Thursday – 4:00pm until 5:15pm
Saturday – 9:30am until 10:45am
Saturday – 11:00am – 12:15pm (Spanish)

Annual Fees

$40 per Child

These registration fees also include the required books. Starting on September 1st a $10.oo late fee will be charged per child.

R.C.I.C. Program

If the child is 7 years old and has not yet been baptized, he/she must enroll in the R.C.I.C. program. R.C.I.C. is a 2 year program that will prepare the child to receive to receive the Sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion.

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