First Reconciliation & Eucharist
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Along with the Sacrament of Baptism, First Holy Communion is one of our three sacraments of initiation. It is through these sacraments of initiation that we become full members of the Church. We receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time during the First Holy Communion. The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity that are truly present in the consecrated host and wine (now called the Body and Blood of Christ) on the altar. For us as Catholics, there is nothing greater than to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass.
First Holy Communion is considered one of the holiest and most important occasions in a Roman Catholic person’s life. It is the first time that a person receives the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, which is the eating of consecrated bread and drinking of consecrated wine. Most Catholic children receive their First Holy Communion when they are 7 or 8 years old as this is considered the age of reason.
At Our Lady of Angels, we offer a two-year program to prepare for receiving the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. The child must attend 1st grade or Level 1* (see below) for a full year in order to enter the 2nd grade or Level 2 program. First Reconciliation preparation and First Eucharist preparation each last for several months and involve classroom instruction, parent meetings, and prayer celebrations.
The involvement and cooperation of the parents in this program is essential and required because they are directly involved with the preparation of their children. Children, who complete this period of preparation and are fully ready, will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the winter and the Sacrament of First Eucharist in the spring of the second year.
* Level 1 is a specific class for children/youth entering the Religious Education program after 2nd grade.
It is our goal to teach your children to seek God in their everyday experiences and to recognize Jesus in everyone they meet. It is so very important that you, the parents and primary educators, be actively involved in their Sacramental preparation. Attending Mass each Sunday is an important part of this preparation.
SACRAMENTAL PARENTS: Please note that there are parental obligations that you are required to fulfill as part of your child's journey to receiving the Sacraments. Please refer to our calendar HERE and make yourself available for the required dates.
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