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‚ÄčThe Eucharist completes Christian Initiation. Through this sacrament of initiation, we participate with the whole community of believers in the Lord's own sacrifice.

The Eucharist (from the Greek word eucharista, "thanksgiving") is the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ, in which he is present under the forms of bread and wine, offering himself in the sacrifice of the Mass, and giving himself as a spiritual food to the faithful.

At the Last Supper, the Lord instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his body and blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to the church a memorial of his death and resurrection.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.

 Sacramental Preparation

‚ÄčA child's initiation into the Catholic faith, which begins at baptism, requires a special level of commitment from both the child and his or her parents.

As your child approaches the age when the sacramental preparation process will begin for First Holy Eucharist, or First Communion, it is important for families to understand the commitment they will undertake over the coming year. Fulfilling the commitment will lead to the reception of sacraments, which constitute full initiation of your child into the Catholic faith.

Families with children enrolled in second grade CCD or Catholic school, and who have previously completed first grad of the CCD curriculum, or first grade in a Catholic school, are eligible to prepare for the sacrament of Eucharist.

Additional intergenerational workshops helping families prepare for sacramental reception is offered separately from the general level curriculum.

Minimally, families attend weekly Mass and participate fully in the preparation process in the parish with prayer and conversation going on in the home. Parent formation sessions are inclusive with the formation process.

Children in second grade begin to prepare for their First Communion from January through April. An intergenerational workshop for the child and family is scheduled on two evenings, one in February and one in March, to prepare for the immediate reception of the sacrament.

The child will experience the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist with his or her family at a regular Saturday or Sunday Mass scheduled after Easter. Family members are encouraged to receive the sacrament at this time as well.

For children older than second grade, please contact the coordinator of faith formation and religious education for evaluation of your specific needs and suggestions for a process to prepare your child for the receptions of the sacraments.