First Eucharist

Preparation for the Sacrament of the Eucharist

Parent’s Responsibility and Blessing

  • “Children’s preparation for the first reception of the Eucharist begins in the home.”
  • Weekly family participation at the celebration of the Eucharist is one of the necessary times for parents to role model to their children.  “Children who participate with their family in the Mass experience the mystery of the Eucharist in an initial way and will gradually learn to join with the assembly in prayer.”
  • Parents own attitude toward the Eucharist each weekend significantly influences the attitude of the child and teaches its value more profoundly than any teacher could ever do.
  • Between the ages of six and eight, the child becomes intellectually, psychologically, and spiritually ready to meet Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist.

(Quotations taken from the National Directory for Catechesis, 2005, pgs.126-127)

  • Preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist is a two year process, beginning with the first grade, or first level of learning about the church, traditions, God, life of Jesus,  prayers and sacraments.
  • Emphasis on the second year of religious education classes prepares the child to come to the Lord’s Table and to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Family, catechists, priests and the parish community are involved in this preparation through prayer, support, and instruction.



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