The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.
At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
Children in the Second Grade attending St. Louis Catholic School and those enrolled in our Parish Religious Education program are prepared for the Sacrament of Communion to take place for the first time in the Spring. Diocesan norms require that preparing for FIrst Communion be a two year process. Children who are not attending Catholic schools should be attending Parish Religious Education classes for two years prior to First Communion.
Contact Stephanie Novarese, Director of Religious Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-255-1959 for more information.