Most Holy Eucharist
First Holy Communion is part of the Sacramental Preparation Program in either our school, Most Blessed Sacrament, or our Religious Education program. It is a two-year process, and in those years the child is prepared for both First Reconciliation in the Fall of year 2 and First Holy Communion in the Spring of year 2.
If you have a child in a grade higher than second who has not yet received First Reconciliation or First Holy Communion, please contact Rita Danhardt at (410) 289-7038 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will work with your family outside of the scheduled class time to ensure the child understands the materials and concepts.
What is the Most Holy Eucharist?
The Eucharist is the source of the Christian life because whoever shares in it receives the motivation and strength to live as a true Christian. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross imparts to the believer the dynamism of his generous love. The Eucharistic banquet nourishes the faithful with the Body and Blood of the divine Lamb sacrificed for us and it gives them the strength to “follow in his footsteps.” Pope John Paul II, General Audience – April 8, 1992
As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.
For our Fellow Christians
We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Most Holy Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ’s prayer for us “that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21).
Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to the Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 § 4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 § 3).
For those not receiving the Most Holy Eucharist
All who are not receiving the Most Holy Eucharist are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.
We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to the Most Holy Eucharist, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and unity of the human family.