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Sacrament of Eucharist (Communion)

The Eucharist is the memorial of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus; it is the Paschal Mystery, both a sacrifice and a meal. Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper.
For 1st Eucharist (Communion), it is necessary that the child be able to understand the Eucharist in not ordinary bread and wine but the body and blood of Christ.




1st Eucharist (Communion)

The Eucharist is the memorial of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus; it is the Paschal Mystery, both a sacrifice and a meal. Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper.

 

For 1st Eucharist (Communion), it is necessary that the child be able to understand the Eucharist in not ordinary bread and wine but the body and blood of Christ.

 

Responsibility of Parents:

 

“Children’s preparation for first reception of the Eucharist begins in the home. The family has the most important role in communicating the Christian and human values that form the foundation for a child’s understanding of the Eucharist. Children who participate with their family in the Mass experience the Eucharistic mystery in an initial way and gradually learn to join with the liturgical assembly in prayer.” (National Directory for Catechesis no.36A, 3a.) 

Requirements for the reception of 1st Eucharist (Communion):

  • Must have been already baptized.
  • Must be in at least the 2nd grade at the time of reception of the sacrament.
  • Must have completed 2 years of catechetical instruction at this parish or at another parish.
  • Must attend a Eucharist retreat.
  • Parents must attend monthly mandatory classes.
  • Parents must attend mandatory parent meetings throughout the year.
  • Must study the requires prayers at home.
  • Must have turned in a copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate.