First Eucharist

The Eucharist is the center and heart of Christian life for both the universal and local church and for each Christian. All that belongs to Christian life leads to the Eucharistic celebration or flows from it. At Saint Paul Church the preparation of children for First Eucharist is seen as a unique time for parents to grow in their own understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist and to share this with their children. Children first begin to learn about the Eucharist in the home where they experience family love and share in family celebrations and meals.

The formal preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist begins in the First Grade and continues in the Second Grade. During March, April, and May of the Second Grade year, parents and children participate in two “Family Sessions” at the parish on the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The sessions are followed by activities in the home and by instruction for the children in the Sunday morning PSR classes. The Celebration of First Eucharist is held usually on the third Sunday of May.

The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.

“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.’”
~Catechism of the Catholic Church

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