Eucharist (Holy Communion) comes from the Greek eucharistia, meaning thanksgiving. Ever since Pentecost, the Church, the People of God, has been sustained with this spiritual food in times of trials and in times of celebration. Eucharist is that food, the real presence of the risen Lord. The Second Vatican Council, rightly proclaimed that the Eucharistic sacrifice is “the source and summit of the Christian life. “The Eucharist is, for Catholics, both a meal and a sacrifice”.
The Lord gave us the Eucharist at the Last Supper because he wanted us to share in the life of the Trinity, the loving communion of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We become united to God at our baptism, and receive a further outpouring of the Holy Spirit at our confirmation. In the Eucharist we are nourished spiritually, brought closer to God, again and again: it reminds us of the words of Jesus in John’s Gospel: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” (Jn 6:56).
Preparation for First Holy Communion
Preparation for this Sacrament, as for all children’s formation, is a family affair. Parents and children are to complete one full year of IGNITE Family Program prior to applying to be part of the Sacramental Program. Having reached the age of reason (7-8 years old) , and having prepared and celebrated First Reconciliation, preparation for First Holy Communion can begin in January 2017 and will be 4 sessions on Sunday mornings. Families must continue to participate in the IGNITE program during this preparation process.
What can families do to create an environment to help their children to continue their faith journey in preparing to receive this sacrament?
- Attend Sunday Mass regularly.
- Foster personal prayer for everyone in the family.
- Live in gratitude, thankful every day for the gifts that they receive from God.
- Live in Christian hope, trusting in God through the inevitable difficulties in family life.
- Share dinner together, taking time to talk and listen to each other. The Eucharist is structured around a meal, the Lord’s Supper.
For more information or to apply to the Sacramental Program, contact Alex Craven at (902) 865-2112, ext.23 or at firstname.lastname@example.org