“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; . . . he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and . . . abides in me, and I in him” (Jn 6:51, 54, 56).
And as they were eating He took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them and said, ‘Take, this is my body.’ And He took a cup and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them and they all drank of it and He said to them, ‘This is my blood of the New Covenant which is poured out for many (Mark 14: 22-24).
The sacrament of Eucharist brings to completion the Christian process of initiation. In this sacrament we remember what Jesus did for us in his life, death and resurrection. We remember particularly the Last Supper, that final meal Jesus shared with his disciples. At that meal Jesus gave us the Eucharist so that we could remember him in a special way. When we receive Communion, we believe that we receive the person of Jesus into our very beings. We become one with him, and we become one with each other. As a community we become ‘the body of Christ’.
Children prepare for First Communion in the 2nd grade. Preparation for this sacrament is through PSR, which runs September through April.
Any child who comes to the parish asking to receive a sacrament must attend one full year of our PSR program prior to the year in which they are to receive their sacrament(s). In other words, a child must faithfully attend the 1st grade classes before he/she will be permitted to receive as a 2nd grader the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. In addition, all children preparing to receive sacrament(s) are required to attend and participate in a specific retreat for each particular grade. These retreats are determined either by the Diocese or the parish and will be communicated to the students as to when and where they are offered.