Holy Eucharist

FIRST EUCHARIST

"We come to the table of the Lord"

 

Second grade families will continue their child's faith journey with the second of three Sacraments of Initiation. The first being the Sacrament of Baptism, usually received as an infant and the third being the Sacrament of Confirmation, usually received in the eighth grade.

Families of second graders continue with the First Eucharist journey with a sacramental information meeting with the Pastor, CRE, and catechists in September. The pastor talks about the responsibilities of the parents and what Eucharist means. The catechists share information about the Blest are We religion book used in classroom preparation for this sacrament, as well as, the dress code for First Communion, photo policy and fasting before communion.  Family activities are included in a packet for each family to enjoy at home. The First Eucharist banner, which is made by each student and their family is discussed and samples are shown. Parents and students also watch a video, “Grandma’s Bread” and reflect on its meaning in their own families. The CRE gives the important dates for the families. Times and places for children to come on First Communion day.  Seating arrangements and how we plan this. All this is included in the packet also.  The meeting is closed with the pastor leading a candle lighting prayer service and blessing for each child.

First Eucharist practice for St Paul School students will be April 10, 2015 at 10:00 am..  First Eucharist practice for St Paul PSR students will be on Wednesday in April 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm.  All practice will be in church. Parents are welcome, but is not necessary.

First Eucharist will be celebrated in our parish on the Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 11:30 am mass for St Paul PSR families and 2:30 pm for St Paul School families.

This day is an important and exciting day for our children.  It is their first time (not the only time) coming to the Lord’s table. 

 

DATES

Parent meeting with students will be September 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm in St Paul Parish Center Cafeteria.  Bring Baptismal Certificate if NOT baptized at St Paul Parish.

  

Next Parent meeting will be Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm in Cafeteria to get banners and final info. for First Eucharist.

 

First Eucharist Practice

PSR practice will be Wednesday, April 8th at 6:30 pm.

School practice will be Friday, April 10th at 10:00 am.

 

Family Banner

Families will receive their child's banner at the January 13, 2015 parent meeting at 7:00 pm in St Paul Parish Center Cafeteria.

St Paul PSR family banners will be due at practice, April 8th.  

St Paul School family banners will be due at practice, April 10th .  

 

First Eucharist

 First Eucharist will be celebrated on Sunday, April 12th.

 St Paul PSR families at 11:30 am Mass.

 St Paul School families at the 2:30 pm Mass.

 

 

 

                                   St Paul Religious Education First Eucharist Class 2014

 

 

 St Paul School First Eucharist Class 2014

 

 

Guidelines for the Reception of Communion
On November 14, 1996, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the following guidelines on the reception of communion. These guidelines replace the guidelines approved by the Administrative Committee of the NCCB in November 1986. The guidelines, which are to be included in missalettes and other participation aids published in the United States, seek to remind all those who may attend Catholic liturgies of the present discipline of the Church with regard to the sharing of eucharistic communion.
 

For Catholics As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.

For our fellow Christians We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ’s prayer for us “that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21). Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 § 4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 § 3).

For those not receiving Holy Communion All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.

For non-Christians We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family.

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