Eucharist means “thanksgiving.” The holy Eucharist, which we celebrate and receive, along with the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "At the Last Supper, on the night He was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This He did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.”
For us as Catholics, the Eucharist is " ‘the source and summit of the Christian life’ The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.”
All our welcome to worship with us, however, reception of Holy Communion at Mass is normally reserved to members of the Catholic Church. We do not observe “open Communion” in the way that some other denominations do. That said, our visitors representing other faith traditions are always welcome to approach the altar during the time of Holy Communion to receive a blessing from the priest or one of the Eucharistic ministers. Just step into the procession and, as you approach a minister, cross your arms in front of you to indicate that you would like to receive a blessing.
First Holy Communion
Our Parish family welcomes children seven years of age and older into fuller participation in Eucharist through the sacrament preparation process for receiving Communion and Reconciliation for the first time. This community supports parents as the primary religious educators of their children and as the models most significantly affecting a child’s faith development.
A child must be 7 years of age and must have completed one year of faithful participation in religious formation in a Catholic school or a Catholic faith formation program and be concurrently enrolled in their second year.
Registration for the 2015-2016 school year will take place on August 2nd, 9th, and 16th after the 10:15am Family Mass. Contact Sarah Lopez, Coordinator of Religious Education at (805) 682-4151 ext. 104, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Celebration Dates
Celebrations of First Eucharist will take place during the Easter season. This is the time that the Church celebrates the sacraments of initiation. Eucharist is an initiation sacrament, as are Baptism and Confirmation. Eucharist brings our children into fuller membership in the community as they join us at the table of the Lord.