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.

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

  • Parents must provide proof that the child was baptized in the Catholic Church
  • The child must attend a preparation program provide at the parish
  • Parents are the primary educators of children in the Catholic faith and should take an active part in First Communion preparation
  • Child will also be prepared to receive First Reconciliation

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 contact Christie McGee to discuss the process for receiving sacraments.

Questions about First Communion?  We are here to help!
Christie McGee
Director of Religious Education
cmcgee@sjnaustin.org
512-328-3220, ext. 126