Sacraments: First Communion
While all the sacraments are important for helping us grow in holiness, there is one sacrament that stands above the rest in importance for living a life of genuine holiness: the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the sacrament in which the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ become present under the appearance of Bread and Wine. It is the very heart and center of our Catholic faith life, and it is the epitome of our expression of faith and the best way to share in the saving grace of Christ. When we receive the Eucharist, we are united with Christ who lived, died and rose again for our salvation, and we are united with one another; we are strengthened and our relationships with other Christians are made holy; we are nourished with God’s transforming grace; and we are prepared for the future glory of God’s heavenly banquet. In short, receiving the Eucharist is the way we can taste a little of heaven while on earth.
Preparation for First Holy Communion typically begins when a child enters the 1st grade and continues until the spring of 2nd grade. Children may receive preparation through our parish Faith Formation program, and this year (2016) First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday, April 16 at 1pm.