The Eucharist is the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, in which He is present under the forms of bread and wine offering Himself in the Sacrifice of the Mass and giving Himself as spiritual food to the faithful.
Our policy is to invite children in the second grade to prepare to receive First Reconciliation in the fall/winter and then to prepare to receive First Communion in the spring. If your child has not yet received First Reconciliation, he/she may prepare to receive the sacrament with the second, third and fourth graders who will be receiving the sacrament prior to their First Communion.
The process for the child to receive First Communion begins with parents/guardians attending a short, informative meeting where they receive information about the sacrament and home-study materials which are to be completed by the children preparing to receive the sacrament. The completed materials are brought to learning stations which occur about 8 weeks after the parent meeting date. It is important that all parents of children who are eligible to receive sacraments attend the parent meeting and set aside time for learning stations. There are 25 unique learning stations which serve to enrich the participant’s understanding of the material presented in the home-study texts. Participants are not required to get to each and every station but are encouraged to complete as many stations as possible. Learning Stations take place on Sunday, March 10th (11:00am - 3:00 pm). The celebration date takes place on Sunday, April 14th (10:00 am)
When asked to identify when they have felt closest to God, many adults answer, “The day I received First Communion.” God’s love permeates every aspect of the sacrament; it truly is a powerful sign of God’s love for us. Receiving First Eucharist is a special time in every person’s life. We know you want the day to be filled with wonderful memories and a sense of spiritual connectedness. We are asking your help to make this a reality.
Spend time going over the materials to help your child understand what is taking place when we receive Communion at mass. Please do not “put off” the lessons then try to hurry through the materials at the last moment. This approach will not serve anyone well. We realize we have asked for a large investment of your time but know that the reward will be much greater because a deep understanding of what Communion is all about will continue to feed you and your child spiritually throughout your lives.
We have been asked why the children are doing so much of the preparation for this sacrament at home. We believe it is important to involve the family in these activities. As you set aside and spend time going over the lessons, two things happen: First, your child will realize the significance of the sacrament--“This must really be important if Mom and/or Dad is willing to spend this much time to help me understand this.” Second, you and your child will spiritually “bond” as you undertake this journey together.
We also believe there is a whole generation of Catholics who, for whatever reason, have forgotten or never really learned what the sacraments are about. This program will allow you to “update” and enrich your understanding of Eucharist.
We will be addressing the sacrament with lessons in class but would like your child to be familiar with the basics of the sacrament before we begin classroom instruction. Please help your child to be ready for this by going through all the home-study materials.