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)
The 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 receiving the Eucharist and celebrate the sacrament in grade 3, or at about age eight.
Children attending a Catholic school will be prepared by their teachers at school. 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.
Preparation classes in our parish will take place in the church on Sundays, from December 18, 2022 to January 5, 2023, at 4 pm. Parents will receive an email with all the information once they register their child.
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.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Parent information night:
Parents will be asked to attend a zoom information meeting on Monday, January 16 2023, at 7 pm. The link to the meeting will be emailed the day of the meeting.
Presentation of students preparing for Eucharist:
January 21/22, 2023
Families are invited to come at any of the Masses of this weekend. The children 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 and pray for these children and families as they continue their preparation to receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist.
Children receiving the Eucharist for the first time will be asked to come, with their families, to a rehearsal on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at 4 pm.
Depending on the school your child attends, celebrations will happen:
February 11 /12, 2023 during regular Masses
The 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 at home, and look at pictures of your child’s baptism.
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.
Catholic Central- Eucharist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gndxqjRrXwk
All children need to be registered here. Online registrations will be open until October 30, 2022.
If you have not provided a copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate, please bring it to one of the following Masses:
October 29, 2022 @ 7 pm
October 30, 2022 @ 9 am or 11 am
For more information, please contact Beatriz at SJC-Sacraments@gpcsd.ca or call 780-532-2351, ext. 228.