The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life" (Lumen Gentium [Dogmatic Constitution on the Church ], no. 11).
In the Eucharistic Liturgy and our prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, we encounter God's presence in personal and profound ways. But the Eucharist is also social, as Pope Benedict XVI reminded us in Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love): "A Eucharist which does not pass over into the concrete practice of love is intrinsically fragmented"(no. 14). The Eucharist, celebrated as a community, teaches us about human dignity, calls us to right relationship with God, ourselves, and others. As the Body of Christ, it sends us on mission to help transform our communities, neighborhoods, and world.
Church teaching, rooted in both Scripture and Tradition, emphasizes both the personal and social natures of the Eucharist. This guide highlights Popes Paul VI, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis' writings about the social nature of the Eucharist. Their words challenge and move us to encounter Christ in the Eucharist in ways both personal and social.
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist will be celebrated in 2nd grade, provided that the student completed Grade 1 in Religious Education and is currently attending Religious Education classes in Grade 2. Attendance at weekly mass is required.