While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28
First Holy Communion is a joyous sacrament. It celebrates the wondrous occasion when we first accept the Eucharist, the body and blood of Christ. Together with the sacraments of Baptism, First Confession and Confirmation, this sacrament is an important step on our long journey of faith development. Families often quite rightly celebrate this memorable day with parties etc. However, we should never lose sight of the fact that it is the religious sacrament of the day that is the cause of our celebration.
The ceremony integrates us more closely with the Catholic Church. In Rathdrum parish, we use the “Do This in Memory of Me” programme of preparation for First Holy Communion, centred in the parish celebration of the Sunday Mass and in the home.
In preparation for your child’s First Holy Communion, you should:
- Make a commitment to participate in the “Do This in Memory of Me” programme
- Renew your own baptismal promises with the Faith Community
- Attend Mass each Sunday, with your child
- Encourage prayer at home, as a family and individually
- Read the THUMB Resource Book and the Grapevine Newsletter with your child
- Reflect seriously about the meaning of this sacrament
If your child is attending a Catholic school in the area, you will receive more detailed information as the date of the sacrament approaches. If your child is not attending a Catholic school, please contact the Parish Office for details.