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. For now, sessions are going to be through Zoom meetings. Dates and time to be announced.
One of the best ways for you to prepare your child for this sacrament is to model the love for the Eucharist by coming to mass every Sunday.
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. 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. Wearing a white dress or shirt is not mandatory, is a reminder of the white garment your child wore at baptism, but it can be replaced by a cross around the neck. It symbolizes that your child is a new creation and is clothed in Christ.
This is a great time to light again your child’s baptismal candle and look at pictures of your child’s baptism.
Catholic Central has fun and very informative videos you can watch with your children. This one is about Eucharist.
Also, FORMED has wonderful videos for children. You can watch the one about the Eucharist here. If you haven’t signed up on Fromed.org, please register as a member of Saint Joseph Grand Prairie.
Registrations for 2021 are now closed. Registrations for next year will open this fall.
If you have any questions, please contact Beatriz at SJC-Sacraments@gpcsd.ca or call 780-532-2351, ext. 228.