Eucharist

 Eucharist 

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
 - John 6:51

 

                The Eucharist is the second of the three sacraments of initiation and is the most eminent sacrament, in which Christ himself is contained, offered and received. Of these three sacraments, it is the only one that we receive more than once. Regular reception of the Eucharist is the means we have been given to support the new life in Christ which we received in Baptism and which was strengthened in Confirmation by the Holy Spirit.

              At the Last Supper Jesus took bread and giving thanks, broke it and gave it to his disciples saying “Take this all of you and eat of it, for this is my Body which will be given up for you.” In a similar way he took the chalice and said “Take this all of you and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.”  As a Community of Faith, we gather around the table of the Lord at each Mass to celebrate Christ’s sacred banquet and participate in Christ’s redemptive sacrifice on the cross. Our participation culminates in the reception of His Body and Blood in Holy Communion after which we are then sent out to bring Christ into our world.

        In order to prepare for First Holy Communion in the spring, children must first successfully prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation the previous fall.  Then a special program is offered to prepare children for First Holy Communion. According to diocesan guidelines, children preparing to celebrate their First Holy Communion must be enrolled in a Religious Education program both during the year of preparation as well as the year immediately prior to preparation. Group celebrations for First Holy Communion will take place at a special Mass. As children reach 1st grade or above, we extend them an invitation to celebrate first the sacrament of reconciliation followed by the sacrament of Eucharist the next year. This is done through participation in our parish Religious Education program, Faith Formation.

 Coordinator: Jennifer Heffernan
 jheffernan@smtoc.church