“The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church’s life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1407).
Preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist is a two-year process that usually begins in the first grade. Parents play an essential role in this sacramental preparation process.
The Religious Education Department offers support to families by providing informational classes for the parents and education materials and classes for the children. Final preparation for the reception of First Communion takes place during the second-grade level of catechesis in both the school and the religious education program. Older children who need to be prepared to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist are prepared through our Rote of Christian Initiation of Children class. For further information, please contact the director of religious education.