Readiness for the Reception of Eucharist for the First Time

There are several reasonable expectations that would point to your child's readiness. It is reasonable to expect that:

    • Your child has been participating in Sunday Mass on a regular basis.
    • Your child has been participating in an ongoing religion program and will continue to do so.
    • Your child is beginning to know the responses and the prayers of the mass, in particular the Our Father, the Holy, Holy, Holy Acclamation, the Memorial Acclamation, and the Great Amen.
    • Prayer is a part of your child's life and is experienced within your family as well as the church community.
    • Your child has the capacity for reverence which is necessary for sharing in the Eucharistic banquet.

Second Grade Text, Called to His Supper

The text, Called to His Supper (Our Sunday Visitor), is based on the belief that the celebration of the Eucharist is at the very heart of Catholic Christian life. The text will help children prepare to:

      • participate fully in Mass
      • better understand the parts of the Mass
      • come to a deeper faith in Jesus
      • have a greater sense of belonging to the Church

In addition, it brings children to an awareness of being called to be the Body of Christ for others and encourages them to share the love that they have been given.

The focus of your child's preparation is not only the celebration of first Eucharist, but more importantly, your child's preparation for a lifetime of being nourished at the table of the Lord. Sacrament preparation is not only about cognitive learning; it is also a period of true spiritual preparation.