Communion is our coming together as a community to “give thanks” to our loving God in Jesus. In the Eucharist, Jesus living and present gives himself to us under the appearance of bread and wine. In receiving him, we become one with him and all believers.
Our sacramental preparation program for First Eucharist is designed for baptized children in Grade 2 and above. The program includes classes for one school year, and all students are required to attend a First Eucharist Retreat. Classes meet on Sunday mornings from 9:45 - 10:45 am, during the school year. The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will be celebrated on April 21, 2024.
Children may be ready to prepare for the Sacrament of First Eucharist when they meet the following:
An awareness that God loves them
Regular attendance and participation in Sunday Mass
Participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (we will prepare for First Reconciliation as a part of the class)
Regular attendance and participation in First Communion Classes (only one absence allowed)
Prayer as a part of child’s life
Interest in learning about the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
All parents are required to attend the parent meeting, scheduled for Sunday, September 24, 9:45-10:45 am. Classes will meet on Sundays, 9:45-10:45 am, during the entire school year. We are using the Renewed and Received curriculum, published by Ascension. Students must attend all First Communion classes. Only one absence is allowed.
All candidates for First Communion are required to attend our First Communion Day-Retreat on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 2 pm.
Please work with your child at home to memorize the following prayers and aspects of receiving the Eucharist.
The Lord’s Prayer
The Nicene Creed
How to approach the Altar and stand in Communion line with hands folded in prayer
Genuflect or bow when approaching the Altar and before receiving the Eucharist
Respond by saying “Amen” after the Priest says “The Body of Christ” and “The Blood of Christ”
How to receive the Eucharist on the tongue and in the hand
Respond by making the Sign of the Cross after receiving the Eucharist
For more information on Youth Sacraments, please contact:
Youth Religious Education Coordinator
101 St. Michaels Drive
Charlestown, IN 47111
Parish Office: 812-256-3200, email@example.com
School Office: 812-256-3503, firstname.lastname@example.org