"The Eucharist is the center and heart of Christian life for the universal Church and for each Christian. All that pertains to Christian Life leads to the Eucharist celebration or flows from it."
~ Sharing the Light of Christian Faith
In the Eucharist, Jesus invites us to join Him in this meal with God's family, the Christian community. The example of parents and family members in attendance and participating at Sunday Mass each week is a powerful and an important living example to children.
"We, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf."
~ 1 Corinthians 10:17
Requirements for the Reception of the Sacrament of Eucharist
Children who display the proper readiness will be permitted to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist. The formal religious education will be within the parish program. The informal preparation and guidance takes place within the home. The following are the guidelines and requirements:
The child must be baptized (or made a Profession of Faith) prior to the reception of the sacrament.
A baptismal certificate is to be presented upon registering for the sacrament.
The child must understand the following basic concepts:
a. Who God is
b. Who Jesus is
c. What Jesus' life is about
d. Have a desire to participate in the Mass and to receive the Eucharist
e. Have the ability to distinguish ordinary bread from the Eucharist
Parental involvement in the preparation of the child is extremely important, necessary and valuable.
ALL children must attend and participate in the 1st and 2nd years (not including kindergarten) of religion classes, before they receive the sacrament. Note: Home Catechesis cannot be done in the 2nd year.
Regular attendance at classes and special liturgies is necessary and extremely important.
Regular church attendance on Sundays and Holy Days is essential and presumed for all candidates and their parents.