Catholics believe the Eucharist is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ, who died for our sins. Our Communion is both a sacrifice and a meal. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
Understanding the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist
Parish Requirements for First Communion
Traditionally this Sacrament is received at the end of the 2nd Grade. In ordinary circumstances, children are admitted to sacramental preparation for First Holy Communion after a period of at least a year of remote catechetical preparation through the parish religious education program, Catholic school, or by a proper monitored and directed home schooling program
Children are to have a clear understanding of the traditional Catholic Prayers, The Mass, and the signs and symbols of the Eucharist.
By their example, parents are to share with their children the importance of the Mass and the Eucharist in their lives.
Parents are to assist in the preparation by reviewing your son or daughter’s readiness and understanding of the sacrament. Through the process of preparation, a baptized child is to receive
First Communion based upon the following criteria of readiness:
1. A willingness to receive Communion.
2. Ability to participate in the liturgy, according to age and circumstances.
3. Awareness of the love of God in Jesus.
4. Awareness of membership in the Catholic community.
5. Ability to distinguish between ordinary bread and the Eucharist.
6. A copy of the Baptismal Certificate of the child receiving First Eucharist is needed for the parish records.
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