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The sacrament of the Eucharist is the second sacrament of initiation into the Catholic Church, the first being baptism. Children who are in year Four or above who have made their First reconciliation are invited to receive their First Holy Communion. This takes place in our parish.

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." 

We always like to go back to the great events and things which happened to us. For that reason, we catalogue photos, pictures or things which actually help us to remember what great things we experience in the past.

When Jesus went back to Heaven to be with His Father, he left behind a picture for us to remember him by. It isn't a picture in an album that we can look at and remember what Jesus looked like, but it is a picture to help us remember what Jesus did for us. We call it "The Lord's Supper". Just before Jesus was crucified, he called his disciples together for a meal. He took a piece of bread and he told the disciples that the bread was to remind them of his body that would be hung on a cross for them. He then took a glass of wine and told them that the wine was to be a reminder of his blood that would be shed for them on the cross. He told them that whenever they ate the bread and drank the wine, it was to remind them of what he had done for them. We still eat the bread and drink the wine today, and when we do, we do it to help us remember what Jesus has done for us.

Words like "memory" or "to remember" refer in English to something or someone that is only mentally recalled. But when Christ used this word he used it to signify the actual making present of the past event. Then we are not just recalling in a mental fashion the events of Christ's death and resurrection. Christ is present with us when we celebrate the Eucharist, therefore we do not recall past events but Christ among us, who wants to come into our lives and hearts now and not only in heaven.

Jesus has identified himself with us. The trouble is that we are relucant to identify ourselves with him. This is why the change that takes place within us as the result of Baptism is so often painstakingly slow. And it why our reception of the Lord in communion is so important. We do not attend Mass as a spectator at a social spectacle, but as a sharer in the Son's salvation. As St Augustine told us: " You have received that which you are; became that which you have received". Our partaking in the Eucharist helps us to seal our identification with the Lord.

What do parents need to do when presenting their children for this sacrament?

At the beginning of the school year notices informing parents of the intended program are placed in the Parish bulletin at all Masses and in the school newsletter.

Parents need to bring their children along to Mass during this time as information is dispersed and enrolment procedures are undertaken. Parents need to complete the enrolment and family details form and return them to the school. Also required for all enrolments this year is a copy of the child's Baptism certificate. When enrolments are completed, children will start the sacramental program.

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