“The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus. Indeed, the Lord said: ‘He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.’ Life in Christ has its foundation in the Eucharistic banquet: ‘As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.'”
- Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph #1391
The Eucharist is celebrated through the mass. Beyond mass, Eucharistic Adoration is a way of honouring the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. In order to fully participate in the Eucharist, children must prepare for their First Eucharist / First Communion.
The main way of participating in the sacrament of the Eucharist is at mass. Mass times are varied across the faith- here you can see when our celebrations normally take place.
Tuesday to Friday - 9:30 am
Saturday - 4:00 pm
Sunday - 9:00 am + 11:00 am
At the Parish of St. Timothy, children in Grade 3 & older are invited to prepare for the sacrament of First Eucharist. Preparation usually begins in April.
The following criteria must be met before preparing for the Sacrament of First Eucharist.
Child must be baptized
Child must be 8 years old or older
Child must have received the Sacrament of First Penance
Child must have completed a minimum of twenty (20) hours in an ongoing program of catechesis in the previous year
What is involved?
The Sacrament of First Eucharist preparation program consists of:
One (1) Parent Information session - Parents ONLY
The Parent Information session is mandatory for all parents requesting the Sacrament of First Eucharist for their child.
Six (6) one hour preparation sessions - February to May
Session attendance is mandatory for children & at least one parent!
The best preparation for receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion is regular attendance at Mass. Attending Mass regularly is not only done prior to receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist, but also continually afterwards. Talk to your child about the Mass before you go and at appropriate moments when you are in church together. Link what you have been doing together at home with what is happening at Mass.
Sacraments 101: Eucharist part 1
Join Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, as he explains the do's and don'ts and rights and wrongs of receiving Communion.
Sacraments 201: Eucharist part 2
Fr. Steven Bell, CSP, answers more questions about what Catholics believe about the Eucharist and receiving Communion.