Holy Communion is the third sacrament of initiation. We believe that Jesus is present in the Blessed Sacrament and when we eat this bread and drink this cup, we are eating the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Eucharist is consecrated during the celebration of the Mass and is distributed to those present that are prepared to receive this Blessed Sacrament. It is also carried to the sick and homebound by those members of the community who are commissioned to be Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist.
Preparation of children for the reception of the Holy Eucharist requires that the child has sufficient knowledge and is prepared with care to understand the mystery of Christ’s presence. The child must demonstrate his/her readiness to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord with faith and devotion. Children must have at least 2 years of religious education classes and must participate in an interview with a member of the parish staff to determine their readiness for the celebration of the sacrament.
Most children will celebrate their First Eucharist during the second grade, if their religious education is on track. We hold a large group Mass and we do offer small groups at Sunday and Saturday vigil masses in May for those who prefer this setting.
Children that have not been baptized can receive their sacraments through the RCIC program.
Adults that have not received the sacrament of Holy Eucharist can prepare for the sacrament through the RCIA program.
For more information, please contact:
Parish office: 440-255-0600