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.
Preparation for First Eucharist is normally celebrated in the Second Grade, as part of a family-centered catechesis. Done at home, which materials provided for the parents of the candidates for the sacrament, all children in Catholic as well as public schools are prepared in the parish community. Usually celebrated in the month of May, the program for First Eucharist is brought to completion with a mini-retreat for all the candidates.
For additional information regarding First Eucharist, please visit the Elementary School Formation page, email or call the Religious Education Office at 603-888-0608.
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