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Eucharist

Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist

The Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life, the Lord’s own sacrifice. In the Blessed Sacrament is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church namely, Christ himself. It is communion in the divine life. It is the culmination both of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship offered to Christ. It is the sum and summary of our faith. Eucharist completes the Christian Initiation.

Liturgical action of Eucharist is also traditionally known as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is central to our Christian faith. Holy Communion has a more complete form as a sign when it is received under both species of bread and wine. Catholics are encouraged to receive the Holy Eucharist regularly, and must do so at least once a year during Easter.

For information about possible Communion allergens and how to receive low-gluten hosts, please Click here to view a document with more information.

For hygiene recommendations, particularly when sick, please click the following link: 2018 Hygiene For The Liturgical Assembly Including Liturgical Ministers.

 

First Holy Communion

Any baptized Catholic child who has reached the age of reason (seven years of age and attended faith formation classes in the first grade and is now in the second grade) is eligible to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist, usually referred to as First Communion.

Requirements

For children age 7 (second grade) and up will prepare for their first reconciliation and communion during this year. We focus on reconciliation (confession) the first semester, and communion (Eucharist) the second semester.

First-grade faith formation is required in order to make first reconciliation and first communion as a second grader. If for some reason first grade was missed, please register for a class that coincides with the child’s grade level.  During the second year of faith formation your child will be prepared for first reconciliation and first communion. For more information, contact the Director of Religious Education Christie McGee at cmcgee@sjnaustin.org or 512-328-3220, ext. 126.

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