In the Sacrament of the Eucharist, Catholics have the primary, absolute sign of Christ’s presence in their midst; the sharing of bread and wine as Jesus’ own body and blood. Receiving the Eucharist for the first time represents the fullness of Christian initiation by closely uniting the person with the mystery of Jesus. After that first reception, frequently celebrating the Eucharist becomes a way for Catholics to deepen their lifelong initiation into Christ’s life, death and resurrection.
Preparation for the reception of First Eucharist has as its base a simple understanding of the place of Jesus in Christian life. This includes an understanding that the Eucharist is not just ordinary bread and wine, but the body and blood of Christ, the real presence of Jesus Christ, with the potential to transform both the individual and the community.
Children should be in the Religious Education program for one year before receiving the sacrament. The children will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to First Eucharist.
There is a program for older children who have yet to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist. This provision includes a period of study followed by reception of the sacrament, usually at the time of First Communion.