THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST
The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation and through it, one participates with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice. It was instituted by Christ at the Last Supper as a memorial of His Passion and Resurrection… “Do this in remembrance of Me”.
While, all seven of the Sacraments are intimate encounters with Jesus Christ, the Church calls the Eucharist the “source and summit” of the Christian life (#1324 Catechism of the Catholic Church).The Eucharist provides us with the most intimate encounter with Christ, for under the appearance of bread and wine, we receive, both physically and spiritually, the real presence, the whole body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. What could be more intimate than that? Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” – John 6:35
PREPARATION FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
First Communion is typically a two-year preparation process. It begins with the first grade child participating in pre-Communion preparation through ongoing formation received, either in a Catholic school or during Youth Faith Formation (Sunday CCD) at the parish. Once in second grade (or older), the child will also participate in direct Communion and Penance preparation sessions throughout the year, culminating with First Communion in the spring.
Adults who have not yet been Baptized or Confirmed or for any reason have not received the Sacrament of the Eucharist should contact the parish office about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
You may also send us an email at:firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you about our programs for either children or adults receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist.