“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper while celebrating the Passover meal with his apostles. In the gift of the Holy Eucharist, Jesus is present to us today and every day. During the celebration of the Liturgy, the Mass, the priest calls upon the Holy Spirit through whose power the simple and ordinary gifts of bread and wine become the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus.
The grace of this sacrament provides supernatural food for the soul to strengthen and nourish the faithful as they seek greater union with Christ in their daily life. Each time Catholics receive holy communion they have an opportunity to grow in holiness and become more Christ-like through their openness to this encounter with Jesus.
Children ordinarily can begin their preparation to receive First Holy Communion around the ages of 7-8 (2nd grade). Part of the process includes preparation for First Penance (Confession). For more information, please check our religious education page for information on the sacramental preparation programs for children and youth.
Adults who have not yet been baptized or those who were baptized in another Christian tradition prepare for First Holy Communion through the RCIA process. If you are interested or for more information, please contact Amanda Roberts in the parish office.