Why do we participate in receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist?
According to the Second Vatican Council, the Eucharist is the source and the summit of the Church's life. In it, Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered on the cross to his Father; a sacrifice in which he pours out the grace of salvation through the Eucharist, the real presence--the Body and Blood, the soul and divinity of Jesus Christ.
What are the Essential Conditions for the "First Reception" of the Eucharist?
To be eligible to begin preparation, the child must be Baptized and have at least one year of formal Catholic instruction prior to the second grade. For those who have arrived here from another diocese, a letter from their former parish must be received verifying that they have received instruction. Preparation should result in an understanding of the Eucharist and the desire to receive the real presence of Jesus Christ.
What is the parent's responsibility concerning preparation for this sacrament?
It is the parents' role to be the primary religious educator for their children. Therefore, they should be involved in their children's preparation for this sacrament. Parent classes and resources are provide to help with this task. The classes for First Eucharist are offered in the spring. They are held in Seton Hall on Wednesdays (5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) or Sundays (10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.). Child-care is available.
What practical way can parents prepare their child to receive First Eucharist?
Parents should take their child to Mass on Sundays. Find the "mini" catechetical moments before, during, and after Mass to help them understand that in the Mass we gather to ask God's forgiveness, to listen to the Word in the Scriptures, and to be with Jesus in special way in the act of receiving His Body and Blood through the Eucharist.
Who do we contact to enroll our child to begin Sacrament Preparation?
Call the Elementary Religious Education Office at (405) 340-9281.
What about children beyond second grade who have not received this Sacrament?
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 RE Office at (405) 340-9281 for more information.