FIRST COMMUNION

The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion) is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”

 

(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324)

 

During the Mass, we gather around the Lord’s table and remember Christ’s Passion, sacrifice on the cross,  His Resurrection, and His Ascension as Jesus instructed us during the Last Supper. 

As Catholics, we believe in transubstantiation - the transformation of bread and wine into the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We ask that only “properly disposed” Catholics receive Holy Communion. This means that the receiving of Jesus’ Body and Blood is set aside for Catholics who are in right relationship with God and with one another.

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The intention here is not to dissuade anyone from receiving Communion; rather, it is an invitation to heal what is broken, creating a suitable environment for Jesus. The Church recommends going to Confession regularly prior to receiving Communion during Mass.

For children preparing for First Communion, we provide a Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) designed to give them a firm foundation in the faith. Please see PREP for more information, or contact our PREP Coordinator.

If you are over 18 and interested in coming into the Church and receiving Holy Communion for the first time, we would be happy to help you. Please call our Discipleship Coordinator to make arrangements for preparation.