Along with the Sacrament of Baptism, the Sacrament of Holy Communion, also known as Eucharist, is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation. It is through these sacraments that we become full members of the Church. We receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time during First Holy Communion. The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ’s Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity that are truly present in the consecrated host and wine (Body and Blood of Christ) on the altar. For us Catholics, there is nothing greater than to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist, at Mass.
To prepare our children for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, I think it is very important to teach them the traditional prayers of our church, but also to invite them to share their personal prayer intentions when gathering at the prayer table. (We have a prayer table in each classroom where we do our prayer before each lesson.) This also gives them the opportunity to experience quiet and listening in prayer. In addition to prayer, they read and discuss the Scripture stories from their textbooks and reflect about the Gospel.
It is very exciting to be part of the children’s preparation for this Sacrament of First Holy Communion, knowing they will receive Jesus for the first time.
~ Josefina Gantt, K-6 Coordinator