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.
- 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 as a family.
- Family, catechists, priests and the parish community are involved in this preparation through prayer, support, and instruction.
- (Quotations taken from the National Directory for Catechesis, 2005, pgs.126-127)