Eucharist (also called First Communion) is the sacred meal we celebrate at the Mass. In it, ordinary bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ to become our spiritual nourishment. When we receive the Eucharist, we experience communion with God, each other, and the entire Church. In preparing for this Sacrament we pray that we are forming intentional disciples that will not only receive “First Eucharist” on a very special day, but continue to come to the table of the Lord throughout their lives.
When children are in the 2nd grade we begin to prepare them to receive Eucharist for the first time. At St. Joseph/ St. Raphael that celebration happens within the Sunday celebration of the Mass in May. St. Raphael has First Eucharist on the 1st Sunday of May, St. Joseph the 2nd Sunday of May. These families have been together since the fall, first preparing for Reconciliation and then continuing on their journey to 1st Eucharist. Formal preparation for Eucharist begins in January. Again, just as in the fall for Reconciliation, the “Journey to the Table” group comes together. This will again give us the opportunity to explain the changes in the way that we prepare children to receive Eucharist. “Parents are the first and most important educator of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area: they are educators because they are parents.”- St. Pope John Paul II All of the parishes in Springfield are turning to parents to take more of the responsibility for the preparation of Sacraments. This meeting will explain what that means and give you some resources to assist you. Children receive sacraments through their parish, not the school, so although Catholic Central does help prepare the children for Reconciliation and Eucharist children from both Catholic Central and our parish CCD program come together to the Journey sessions for sacramental formation.
If your child is in 2nd grade and has not yet been baptized, she or he will need to attend our Children’s Catechumenate program. While all children seven years old and over receive all three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) at the same time, we include 2nd graders in the preparations their classmates are receiving and they are eligible to go through the ceremony of receiving First Eucharist with their classmates, if they so desire. Please click here for information about our Children’s Catechumenate program.
If your child is in 3rd grade or older and has not yet received First Eucharist, please use the above link to find out more about our Children’s Catechumenate program.
Adults who have not received First Eucharist, please see our RCIA page for more information.