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First Eucharist

Preparation for the Sacrament of the Eucharist
Parent’s Responsibility and Blessing

  • “Children’s preparation for the first reception of the Eucharist begins in the home.”
  • Weekly family participation at the celebration of the Eucharist is one of the necessary times for parents to role model to their children.
  • “Children who participate with their family in the Mass experience the mystery of the Eucharist in an initial way and will gradually learn to join with the assembly in prayer.”
  • Parents own attitude toward the Eucharist each weekend significantly influences the attitude of the child and teaches its value more profoundly than any teacher could ever do.
  • Between the ages of six and eight, the child becomes intellectually, psychologically, and spiritually ready to meet Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist.
  • Emphasis on the second year of religious education classes prepares the child to come to the Lord’s Table and to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a family.
  • Family, catechists, priests and the parish community are involved in this preparation through prayer, support, and instruction.
  • (Quotations taken from the National Directory for Catechesis, 2005, pgs.126-127)

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