WHAT IS THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST?
The Eucharist is the very sacrifice of the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus which he instituted to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until his return in glory. Thus he entrusted to his Church this memorial of his death and Resurrection. It is 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.
FIRST COMMUNION IN OUR PARISH
First Communion is celebrated by our children along with the celebration of First Penance (Reconciliation). Formation with the religious education process and in group sessions takes place prior to receiving First Communion, beginning in Grade 1.
A special process is available for Catholic adults and older children who have never celebrated First Eucharist in the Catholic faith.
Holy Communion increases our union with Christ and with his Church. It preserves and renews the life of grace received at Baptism and Confirmation and makes us grow in love for our neighbor. It strengthens us in charity, wipes away venial sins and preserves us from mortal sin in the future.