"We come to the table of the Lord."
To be your bread now, be your wine now,
Lord, come and change us to be a sign of your love.
Blest and broken, poured and flowing,
gift that you gave us, to be your body once again.
- David Haas, Communion hymn, “To Be Your Bread”
Following their joyful celebration of First Reconciliation (aka Penance, Confession), second grade families will continue their child's faith journey with First Eucharist (Holy Communion) as the second of three Sacraments of Initiation. The first is the Sacrament of Baptism, usually received as an infant, as the portal onward in the Church’s sacramental life. The third is the Sacrament of Confirmation, usually received in the eighth grade.
Eucharist, from the Greek, means “giving thanks and praise.” We gather as God’s beloved, in community, acknowledging the presence of Christ in one another. We celebrate this divine presence in the proclaimed Word of God and in the bread and wine transformed by grace into the Body and Blood of the living Lord. In awe, we worship together. And we go forth, Sunday by Sunday, to become what we’ve received—to live as a Eucharistic people.
Preparation Process for First Eucharist:
The children, with their parents, are shepherded and formed by the pastor, catechist team, and staff coordinator. The goal is to communicate the joy and blessing of the Eucharist, Jesus’s love shown so profoundly to us. Families reinforce this overarching theme with prayers and practices in the home.
- Kick-off gathering with children and parents:
We anchor ourselves in prayer, plus cover the practical matters as well, such as the First Eucharist banner, the rehearsal date, suitable attire, pictures, etc.
Wed., Jan. 17, 2018 ~ 6:30-7:45 pm ~ in church
- Rehearsal, with Final Preparation:
Sat., Apr. 7, 2018 ~ 9:00-10:30 am ~ in church
- First Eucharist celebration:
Sun., Apr. 8, 2018 ~ 2:00 pm (Group Photo beforehand in gym)
We hold the death of the Lord deep in our hearts.
Living, now we remain with Jesus, the Christ.
1. Once we were people afraid, lost in the night.
Then by your cross we were saved. Dead became living, life from your giving.
2. Something which we have known, something we've touched,
what we have seen with our eyes: this we have heard, life giving Word.
3. He chose to give of himself, became our bread.
Broken that we might live. Love beyond love, pain for our pain.
4. We are in the presence of God. This is our call.
Now to become bread and wine: food for the hungry, life for the weary,
for to live with the Lord, we must die with the Lord.
- David Haas, Communion hymn, “Now We Remain”