First Holy Eucharist
Children’s preparation for first reception of the Eucharist begins in the home. The family has the most important role in communicating the Christian and human values that form the foundation for a child’s understanding of the Eucharist. Children who participate with their family in the Mass experience the Eucharistic mystery in an initial way and gradually learn to join with the liturgical assembly in prayer.
During preparation for their first reception of the Eucharist, students:
- Learn that the Eucharist is the living memorial of Christ’s sacrifice for the salvation of all and the commemoration of the last meal with his disciples
- Understand how from First Communion on they can as full members of Christ’s Body take part actively with the People of God in the Eucharist
- Develop an understanding of the Father’s love, of their participation in the sacrifice of Christ, and of the gift of the Holy Spirit
- Learn that the Holy Eucharist is the real body and blood of Christ and that what appears to be bread and wine are actually His living Body
- Learn the real but invisible difference between the Holy Eucharist and ordinary bread
- Learn the meaning of reception of the Holy Eucharist under both species of bread and wine
- Learn to receive Christ’s Body and Blood in a faithful and reverent manner
In addition, St. Michael School offers the following to prepare students for First Holy Communion:
- Daily instruction in the classroom
- Saturday Workshop with a family member: Children bake bread, decorate chalices, tour the sacristy and church, and watch a video on the Mass.
- Making felt banners as a family