EUCHARIST

Eucharist

What does it mean? 
 

The Sacrament of the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic Faith. It is a holy meal where bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Jesus Christ through our prayers offered to God by the priest in the celebration of the Mass.  Jesus left us this sacrament at The Last Supper with his disciples on the night before he died.   It is one of the three Sacraments of Christian Initiation, with Baptism and Confirmation.  

 

About First Communion (First Eucharist)

First Communion is the celebration of receiving the Eucharist for the first time in the celebration of the Mass. Communion is the part of the Mass when we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus under the appearance of bread and wine. It can be celebrated at different ages and depends on the pastoral practice of the particular diocese.  St. John’s Parish celebrates First Communion in the second grade for most children.  More and more we are seeing older children join with the First Communion Group or join with other adults who are coming into full communion with the church at the Easter Vigil after they have gone thru the RCIA process.  RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation and is available for adults who want to join our church.