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.
As Catholics, First Eucharist (Holy Communion) is typically the third sacrament received. It occurs only after receiving Baptism and First Reconciliation (the first Sacrament of Penance) must precede the first reception of the Eucharist. The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. The Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith.
Children who are in second grade and have attended Faith Formation in first grade are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. All children need to meet the criteria of two years of catechesis prior to receiving a Sacrament. There are mandatory parent meetings prior to receiving each of the Sacraments. The parent meeting for First Eucharist is included during a Morning of Reflection for both children and parents. All dates are given at the beginning of the Catechetical year in September.