The Eucharist, also known as communion, is a sacrament that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. During Mass, bread and wine are consecrated by the priest, and Catholics believe that the elements of the bread and wine are transubstantiated and become the actual body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. In the Eucharist, Jesus is truly, not merely symbolically, present in the consecrated bread and wine. By receiving the Eucharist, believers unite themselves with Christ and with one another as a spiritual nourishment for their souls. The Eucharist is a part of every Mass. The Church teaches that a person must be worthy to receive the Eucharist and that they should confess any serious sins before receiving communion. Non-Catholics, or those not prepared for communion, are welcome to approach the priest or deacon during communion and receive a blessing, indicated by crossing your arms over your chest.
CHILDREN'S FIRST COMMUNION
Children enrolled in the second grade of the Parish School of Religion (PSR) at Prince of Peace will receive the required preparation for the sacrament using a world-class preparation series including a workbook that includes works of art, catechist-friendly leader guides, and quality content.
Children completing the required preparation may receive the sacrament of First Eucharist in the spring of second grade or thereafter. For more information about our children's religious education programs, including older children and teens who are interested in receiving the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Reconciliation and/or First Eucharist), please CLICK HERE.