Christ promised “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age"(Mt. 28:20). In order to continue to be present throughout the ages until His return, Christ instituted the Eucharist. He entrusted the Eucharist to His Church and it continues to be a source of communion and nourishment for his faithful. The Eucharist is a direct encounter with Christ. The Catholic Church confesses that the Eucharist is not simply a mere symbol, but the actual Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
First Eucharist Preparation for 2013-2014
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The majority of the sacramental preparation is completed outside of the classroom, during the 3 Eucharist Sacramental Preparation sessions. Parents and/or family members are expected to attend all the Sacramental Preparation Sessions with the child who is preparing for the sacrament.
Below are the dates & times:
Session #1: Tuesday, Feb 4: 6:00-7:30pm OR Wednesday, Feb 5: 5:30-7:00pm Preparation
Session #2: Tuesday, April 1: 6:00-7:30pm OR Wednesday, April 2: 5:30-7:00pm Preparation
Session #3: Tuesday May 6 OR Tuesday, May 13, times TBA
* The dates for the reception of the Sacrament of First Eucharist will be assigned by class and will be either May 10 or May 17, 2014. The third and final preparation session will be held on the Tuesday prior to the First Eucharist Liturgies (May 6 or May 13, 2014). Students will be assigned a practice that corresponds to their assigned First Eucharist Date & Time. During the practice students will have the opportunity to sit in assigned pews and practice receiving the unconsecrated hosts and wine. Assigned First Eucharist Liturgies & practice dates will be emailed to families and posted on the Faith Formation Website in January 2014.
Families may also choose to have their children receive First Eucharist at a Sunday celebration of the Liturgy.