For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. (1 Cor11:23-26)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls Eucharist the source and summit of the Christian Life. Many words describe such a great mystery: Breaking of the Bread, the Lord’s Supper, Sacrifice, Holy Meal, Memorial and Real Presence of Christ. At heart, Eucharist is a pledge of Jesus’ love, where those who are initiated into his Body and Blood become transformed into witnesses, disciples giving their lives in faith-filled service.
At St. Joseph Parish, children receive their First Holy Communion in second grade. They attend a retreat prior to the reception of the sacrament. For more information on this program, please visit the IPRF website.