The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.
At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
First Communion and Reconciliation
Our children normally are prepared to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist during the second grade. Reconciliation is done during the 1st semester and Eucharist during the 2nd semester.
All children must have attended at least one full year of Religious Formation before they can prepare for First Reconciliation or First Eucharist.