The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation.
Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. (CCC 1322)
"At the Last Supper, on the night Jesus was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of His body and blood. This He did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he could come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of this death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, 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." (CCC 1323)
HOLY EUCHARIST FOR CHILDREN SECOND THRU EIGHTH GRADE
1. In order to receive the Holy Eucharist, a child must first be baptized in the Catholic faith. If a child has been baptized in another Christian denomination and now wants to become a Catholic, the child will make a profession of faith sometime prior to First Holy Communion and be received into the Catholic church.
2. In most cases, children receive First Holy Communion in May of their 2nd grade year, after having completed two years of catechetical preparation either in our Catholic School program or in our Religious Education program.
3. Preparation is available for older children in both the School and Religious Education programs.
4. If a child or young person of catechetical age has never been baptized, then that person will be enrolled in the RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) and receive all three sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist after two years of sacramental preparation. This usually takes place at sundown of the Easter Vigil, the evening before Easter Sunday.
5. Catholic children in the second grade in our Catholic school are prepared for First Holy Communion as part of their regular religious instruction. Children in public school should enroll for classes in early August by talking to the Director of Religious Education, Marian Rose Swetish.
6. As part of their children's preparation, parents are required to attend parent preparation sessions approximately once a month during the second year of preparation.
HOLY EUCHARIST FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEENS
If a high school student has not made their First Holy Communion, the Director of Youth Ministry (Eric Becker) will meet with the young person to assess their religious background and preparation needs. He will work with them individually or as a group to help prepare the young person for the sacrament. Click here to view the Youth Ministry page.
HOLY EUCHARIST FOR ADULTS
Holy Eucharist for adults is done through the RCIA program. Click here to visit the RCIA page.