Eucharist is so much more than the holy bread and the holy cup shared; it is a holy moment - a saving action. This includes the sharing of the Word (Liturgy of the Word), offering of prayers and keeping alive the memory of Jesus by remembering the Last Supper (Liturgy of the Eucharist), concluding with the sharing the bread and wine, consecrated into the body and blood of Jesus Christ. This whole ritual and celebration is known as Mass.
Since this is a ritual to be shared amongst our brothers and sisters in Christ, First Eucharist Masses are celebrated with the congregation at regular weekend Mass times during the Easter Season. We want children experiencing First Eucharist to have a complete understanding of what it is they are receiving, thus preparation for First Eucharist starts the year before they are to receive the sacrament. Parents should have their children enrolled in Faith Formation classes by 1st grade. Those enrolled in the school will receive the class preparation as part of the school curriculum and attend the sacramental preparation activities along with the Faith Formation students. Preparation continues into the 2nd grade with children receiving First Eucharist in the spring of their 2nd grade.
For more information on First Eucharist, or to enroll your child(ren) into our Faith Formation Program, please contact:
Beth Plestina, Early Childhood Minister, at 262-628-8143 or e-mail email@example.com.
Preparation to receive First Eucharist as an adult is part of our RCIA program. More information on our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program.