First Communion

Sacrament of the Eucharist
        (First Communion) 
The day before he suffered he took bread in his sacred hands and looking up to heaven, to you, his almighty Father,
 he gave you thanks and praise.  He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples and said:
“Take this, all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you.”
When supper was ended, he took the cup.  Again he gave you thanks and praise, gave the cup
to his disciples and said; “Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood,
 the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.  It will be shed for you and for all men
, so that sins may be forgiven.  Do this in memory of me.”
                        - Eucharistic Prayer I
The liturgy is indeed “the work of the people”.  We all make the liturgy happen by acting as the Body of Christ at worship, by standing, singing, responding, praying, and keeping silent together.  This is our right and duty by reason of our baptism.
Preparing young people for First Communion is not about rehearsing them for a one-off performance, but rather helping them to take their rightful place in the Sunday assembly week after week.
Sacramental preparation is the responsibility of both the family and the parish community.  It is the duty of parents and parish catechists to offer the children prayerful and practical help to celebrate the sacraments with proper devotion and to “coach” them in the rituals of receiving the sacraments.
At St. Charles, children receive their First Communion with the completion of grade two of the Religious Education (Sunday School) Program.  Please visit the Religious Education Webpage for more information.