Holy Eucharist

Holy Eucharist

“The Eucharist is a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Father, a blessing by which the Church expresses her gratitude to God for all His benefits, for all that He has accomplished through creation, redemption, and sanctification. Eucharist means first of all ‘thanksgiving.’” (CCC 1360)

The Holy Eucharist nourishes the life of the Spirit received in Baptism and strengthened in Confirmation. The Holy Eucharist is central in our faith, at the heart of the Church, for it is Christ truly present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. In the Eucharist, Christ is among us, teaching us as He taught those gathered around Him at the altar of the Last Supper. It is the family of God gathered at His table. Always, it is the event of the assembly of the faithful gathered around Christ risen and glorified.

 

Eucharist for the Sick and Elderly

The Holy Eucharist, as a symbol of unity and thanksgiving, is best seen when the Christian community gathers around the altar. Unfortunately, some members of our parish, due to sickness or age, are unable to attend Mass and celebrate the Holy Eucharist with the community. They, however, continue to be a part of our family. Arrangements to have the Holy Eucharist taken to the sick and/or elderly may be made by calling the Parish Office.

 

Celebration of First Penance/Reconciliation

Sts. Peter and Paul Parish provides a program of preparation for those children who will participate in the celebration of Penance/Reconciliation for the first time. Mindful of the youthfulness of these children, the program is designed to address them at their current age level.

Important elements stressed within the program are the nature of sin, the manner of our expression of sorrow for sin within this sacrament, and the love which God has for each one of us. The first celebration of the sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation is made available to students in the second grade. The preparation program for this sacrament is conducted prior to the preparation program for First Eucharist. Both programs are available in the second grade to those who have had one year of prior instruction.

Parents should be aware of their right and obligation to participate in the formal preparation of their children for the sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation. The parish seeks to help in this preparation by providing a seminar for parents of these children. All parents are required to attend this seminar.

 

Celebration of First Eucharist

When a child is able to understand God’s presence among us and His Son’s special presence in the Holy Eucharist, then the Church welcomes the child to the altar of the Lord.

The second grade is the suggested time for the first celebration of Holy Eucharist. Special preparation is provided for all second grade students enrolled in the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD), provided they successfully completed one year of religious instruction in the first grade.

Sts. Peter and Paul Parish strives to provide a strong preparation program for those children planning to celebrate the Eucharist for the first time. This preparation, however, is designed to assist, not replace, the preparation within the family by the parents. In order to aid the parents in the preparation, a seminar for parents of children preparing to celebrate First Eucharist is provided by Sts. Peter and Paul Parish. All parents are required to attend.

Celebration of First Eucharist is scheduled in the spring upon completion of the preparation program.

At times, there are those who, for a number of reasons, did not celebrate the Eucharist for the first time in second grade and have yet to do so. In these situations, special arrangements and preparations may be made by calling the parish Coordinator of Religious Education.