The Sacraments of Initiation
"And taking bread, he gave thanks, and broke it; and gave to them, saying: This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in memory of me."
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
“Holy Communion is the reception of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist. More generally, it is our fellowship and union with Jesus and other baptized Christians in the Church, which has its source and summit in the celebration of the Eucharist. In this sense, Church as communion is the deepest vocation of the Church.”
-Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 1382, 959
What is the Eucharist?
The Holy Eucharist is a sacrament and a sacrifice. In the Holy Eucharist, under the appearances of bread and wine, the Lord Christ is contained, offered, and received. The whole Christ is really, truly, and substantially present in the Holy Eucharist. We use the words "really, truly, and substantially" to describe Christ's presence in the Holy Eucharist in order to distinguish Our Lord's teaching from that of mere men who falsely teach that the Holy Eucharist is only a sign or figure of Christ, or that He is present only by His power.
When Our Lord said, "This is My body," the entire substance of the bread was changed into His body; and when He said, "This is My blood," the entire substance of the wine was changed into His blood. Christ give us His own body and blood in the Holy Eucharist; first, to be offered as a sacrifice commemorating and renewing for all time the sacrifice of the cross; second, to be received by the faithful in Holy Communion; third, to remain ever on our altars as the proof of His love for us, and to be worshiped by us.
By receiving Holy Communion we are joining in a communion/covenant with the Christ as a promise and "anticipation of eternal life, when God will be all in all." CCC 1326
What is Holy Communion?
Holy Communion is the receiving of Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Just as it is necessary to nourish our bodies with material food, so also it is necessary to nourish our souls with spiritual food. Our Divine Savior so loved us that He gave us Himself in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist; He gave us His own body and blood as food for our souls.
Registering your child for First Communion
Registration and preparation for children's First Communion is arranged through our religious education program.
Families must be registered in the Parish to participate.
Please contact The Religious Education department for more details.
Preparing Children to receive their First Holy Communion
As we know, Jesus is fully present in the Eucharist. When we receive the Eucharist, Jesus blesses us with tremendous graces. It is a very exciting time for our Second Graders because they are partaking in one of the greatest gifts God gives us; receiving him in the Eucharist. The boy or girl preparing for this sacrament is going to be profoundly united with Jesus in a way that they never have before! This is why the first time our children make their Holy Communion, it is and exciting event for the whole family.
How can we as parents prepare our Children?
The preparation process for First Holy Communion affords us an opportunity to help our children form lifelong habits as good Catholics by forming them in prayer and in assisting their comprehension of the amazing grace offered in this sacrament. At Baptism parents are called to raise their children in the ways of the faith. First Holy Communion is a continuation of that promise and is, as our catechism states, the “source and summit” of our faith.
When we gather for Holy Mass we are doing just that, gathering. We are an assembly, a community of believers who need to actively participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We need to avoid the tendency of being passive. We are joined as the assembly of God to participate in praise and worship. We are called to eat at the table of plenty, to be in common union with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
We are all on a journey, and the children are in the beginning stages of theirs as they prepare for First Holy Communion. Parents, catechists, and the pastor aid the children in their journey of recognizing that this is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ. It is at Holy Mass that bread and wine are transformed into the Precious Body and Precious Blood of Jesus, and that through Holy Communion He can and will transform us. Preparation will consist of regular mass attendance, class attendance, parent meetings, and a retreat for the children.
Our preparation is geared toward doing all we can to be sure that children and their parents are ready to experience First Holy Communion as the beginning of a lifetime of being nourished at the Lord’s Table. It is not only about the academics of “making a sacrament” but a very significant amount of importance is placed on the spiritual preparation of the child. Children learn what they live as the saying goes. When attending Holy Mass and participating in the Eucharist and Reconciliation are important to you, it will also be important to your child.