First Holy Communion
"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.
"At the Last Supper, on the night he was betraed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come
again, and so to entrust to his beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mins is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'"
What parents need to know:
Preparation for the reception of the sacrament of First Eucharist generally takes place in the third grad, or the third year a student participates in the parish faith formation program. Parents are required to play an active part in their child's preparation for the sacrament, both for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
Reception of the sacrament may be delayed if a family is not regularly participating in weekend Masses.
For additional information, contact the religious education office at