Eucharist is one of three Sacraments of Initiation. It is the source and summit of our faith! (CCC, 1324) With this sacrament, we receive God’s sacrifice of His son in the real presence of body and blood. Our First Communion, and every time we receive Eucharist, we are not only joined with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but with those of our Catholic Christian family.
The celebration of the Eucharist is the primary form of glorifying and worshiping our God. It was
instituted by Jesus “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 sacrament of love, 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.”
(Sacrosanctum Concilium, 47)
Children preparing to receive Eucharist for the first time are required to be enrolled in either a religious education program or Catholic day school one year prior to, as well as the year of preparation for the sacrament they will be celebrating. Preparing for First Communion is not only for the child, but for the family as well. Second-grade parents will receive information in fall for preparation sessions in the spring. If your child is enrolled in a higher grade but has not yet received Eucharist, please contact Kathy Peterson at the South office to work out a preparation schedule.