The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith lives. This means it is both the climax of who we are – the culmination of a week’s worth of faith, and also the pool where we fill our buckets for the next week. Regular celebration of the Sacrament keeps our souls healthy, just like exercise keeps our bodies healthy.
First Communion – The first celebration of Communion (the Rite of coming forward to receive the Body and Blood of Christ) is a moment of Christian Initiation. By coming to the Lord’s Table, communicants begin fully celebrating in the life of the Church. It is a parish’s privilege to celebrate with them. We are not complete without all our members – including the children.
Preparation for the celebration of First Communion begins in the winter with an information/kick-off meeting. Children and parents gather three more times before their celebration at a weekend Mass in the spring.
Prior to preparing for Communion, children should be enrolled in Reconciliation preparation. It is also important that they are working in a Formation or Religious Education program that provides them with the foundation for the lives as Catholics.