What is the Sacrament of the Eucharist (first communion)?
The Eucharist is the sacrament in which we receive the Body and Blood of Christ. The church teaches that Christ is really present in the bread and wine that have been consecrated by the priest at Mass. Although the bread and wine still look and taste like bread and wine, the substance, what is actually there, has changed.
The roots of the Eucharist are in the Jewish Passover meal. This is the meal which commemorates Israel’s delivery from oppression and slavery in Egypt.
Normally, the preparation for receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist is a two-year program, also known as catechism on Saturdays.
A baptism certificate must be provided at the time of registration.
Registration forms may be obtained in the Religious Education office or the church office.
You may have a sponsor or godparent, but they are not a part of the first communion ceremony.
Children will be accepted into our first communion program who are 7 years of age but younger than 14. Although pastoral judgment may be exercised in individual circumstances, these are the general parameters, according to Canon law.
Individuals older than 14, who have been baptized but not received first communion, should consider enrolling in our RCIA program where they will receive all of the sacraments, including confirmation, at the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday).
We gather together in worship, not to “refuel” lives devoid of grace, but because we need to celebrate all the grace-filled moments of our lives, which are so easily overlooked or ignored. We gather at Eucharist to be challenged to deeper awareness of what God is doing in our lives, in this world, all week long.
We have to keep remembering to ask the questions: “Who is at the table? Who is around the table?” as well as the question, “Who is on the table?” The Catechism of the Catholic Church quotes a moving passage in which St. Augustine relates the Body of Christ in the Eucharist (on the altar) to the Body of Christ that is the Church (at and around the altar).
Says Augustine at the turn of the fifth century: “If you are the body and members of Christ, then it is your sacrament which is placed on the table of the Lord; it is your sacrament that you receive. To that which you are, you respond: ‘Amen’ (‘Yes, it is true!’), and by responding to it you assent to it. For you hear the words ‘The Body of Christ,’ and respond ‘Amen.’ Be then a member of the Body of Christ that your Amen may be true” (No. 1396).