The First Communion Sacrament for children is part of our Religious Education program and is celebrated in May of Grade 2.
Eucharist at its roots is a sacrificial meal and all who share in it are challenged to offer themselves for the benefit of others, as Jesus offered Himself for our benefit. We want our children to understand that Jesus loved his disciples so much that he wanted to stay with them, and so he left his sacred memory in the gift of bread broken and wine shared. By saying “do this in memory of me” he expressed his desire to have us remember his gift of love, the gift of himself. After his resurrection and ascension, this gift of gathering and remembering sustained many of the early disciples and gave them strength to continue preaching his message. The Sacrament, then, is more than receiving the bread and wine, it is gathering, listening to the word of Jesus, sharing in the meal and going out and living according to Jesus’ word. Hence, the Mass – the gathering, the hearing of the Word, the prayer of thanksgiving, the sharing in the Body and Blood, and the going forth are all part of the Eucharistic meal and each part is essential to the memory of Jesus. By participating in the Mass we are all making a commitment to Jesus and further, to each other. The sacrament of Eucharist challenges us to be in unity with each other. Even when there are differences, the breaking of the one loaf calls us to seek unity with all who gather around the table.
Our First Communion program uses the text Coming to Jesus. For preparation, the focus is on the Mass. To participate in the Eucharist is to participate in the Mass. There is a chapter devoted to each part of the Mass and throughout the lessons there is always a correlation to family celebrations – known experiences for the children. Because this Sacrament should be supported and exemplified by the parents, there are parent participation requirements. Parents are required to:
1. Regularly attend Sunday liturgy
2 Attend two Parent Meetings
3. Attend a Parent/Child activity day
4. Insure regular attendance at classes for your child
Please contact Cathy Bowes for more information.