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Eucharist
Lord Jesus took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. (1 Corinth. 11:23-26)

Eucharist is one of the Sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church, together with Baptism and Confirmation.  In Baptism we are anointed into the royal, priestly, prophetic family of God.  In Confirmation we’re sealed with the Holy Spirit. In the Eucharist, a repeatable sacrament, we renew, deepen and strengthen what God has done for us in Baptism and Confirmation.

Our Diocese makes the following recommendations:
Children in our Catholic schools are normally prepared for Eucharist and celebrate the sacrament in grade 3, or at about age eight.
Children who do not attend a Catholic school are prepared at St Joseph Church in the Parish-Based Program.  Parents are required to attend the 6 sessions with their child. We advocate that parents are the first teachers of the faith.
Sessions begin Sunday, February 4.

Parents are required to attend one Parent Sacramental Forum with Registration to register their child(ren) to receive a sacrament. Please bring a photocopy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate:
Monday, November 20, 7:00 pm in Tranquille Hall
Thursday, November 23, 7:00 pm in Tranquille Hall
Saturday, November 25, 10:00 am in Tranquille Hall

There will be a Parent Information Session to further explain Eucharist and how you can support your child(ren) as they journey to receiving Eucharist.
Parent Sacramental Meeting for Eucharist:
Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 pm in Tranquille Hall

Presentation of students preparing for Eucharist:
Attend 1 of 3 Weekend Masses February 24/25
Saturday, February 24 evening Mass, 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 25 morning Masses, 9:00 am or 11:00 am
The child(ren) will be called forward with a parent, Godparent or Guardian to the front of the church to be presented to the parish community. The parish community will welcome, nurture the faith life and support with pray these children and families as they continue their preparation to receiving the sacrament of Eucharist.

Eucharist Celebration
The First Eucharist normally takes place at a regularly scheduled Sunday Mass with the child’s family – weekend of April 14/15
Saturday, April 14, 7:00 pm or Sunday, April 15, at 9:00 am or 11:00 am.
Attend the Mass that is assigned to your child’s school.
There is a celebration in Tranquille Hall after the Masses.  Please bring a peanut free snack to share.

Receiving the Sacrament of Eucharist for the First Time:
Eucharist is a repeatable Sacrament that should always be celebrated with excitement.  When we come to the Eucharist our focus should be on the beauty of the sacrifice that Christ made for us.  When we gather to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord we come, not pure and perfect but broken to be healed.  In the Eucharist we are one with Christ and one with each other.  With this in mind, we encourage you to dress your child in their “Sunday best”- for boys, dress pants and shirt (jacket and tie optional); for girls, semi-formal dress (please, no tiara, and no veil).  As well, because of our practice of receiving Eucharist in the open hand, no gloves should be worn.