The Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist – lay the foundations of every Christian life… The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the Sacrament of Confirmation and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.
The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation.
The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life.” The other sacraments and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries …. Are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it.
The real presence of the Lord's Body and Blood in the Eucharist is the enduring sign of His life among us. In this Sacrament the Lord gives us His very self as food and drink to strengthen us to be His disciples. At each Mass faithful Catholics are invited to receive the Lord in Holy Communion.
In each Mass we proclaim the death and resurrection of the Lord. The Mass is a true sacrifice and it makes us sharers in the Lord's work on the Cross. In the Mass what the Lord did out of love for us, becomes in present and real. The words of the Lord Jesus at the Last Supper demonstrate the Mass is a sacrifice: "This is My body which is given for you" and "This chalice which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in My blood. (Lk 22:19-20)
strengthens our charity;
preserves us from future mortal sin;
commits us to the poor;
and desires to bring unity to all Christians.
The Eucharist is that which heals us and strengthen us to become the mission, which “Goes Forth Proclaiming the Good News with Your Lives,”
At St. John the Baptist Catholic Church we believe, as does the Church, that the celebration of the Eucharist provides unity similar to families gathering around a table for a special meal. Therefore, formation for this sacrament involves the entire family, just as the Eucharistic meal involves the universal family of faith.
Formation for this sacrament is a two year process which begins in 1st grade and culminates in 2nd grade. Candidates for this sacrament are required to participate in both years of formation. For this reason, parents are integrally involved in the formation process through parent formation sessions and retreats.
Those children who are seven years of age and older and who have not received any formal Catholic instruction need to be enrolled in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children. Please call the Elementary Faith Formation Office at (405) 340-0691 x135 for more information.