“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Saviour instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood.” — Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1323


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At St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy children receive preparation for their First Communion during or after second grade. Eucharist Preparation (for children age 7 and above) requires that the child and parent participate in a retreat prior to the celebration.
The date of the celebration is usually during the Easter Season. See the Catechetical Calendar for upcoming dates.

First Eucharist

Eucharist is a sacrament continuing the process of initiation begun at Baptism. It is the sacrament in which the Christian community comes together to celebrate Christ’s presence among us. As we are fed by the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist and by the people gathered together, we go forth to serve others as Jesus did.
Candidates for the celebration of first Eucharist are to:
  • be at least seven years of age and baptized.
  • attend and fully participate in at least two years of formal Religious Formation or its equivalent.
  • attend Sunday Mass regularly.
Parents of the candidates are to:
  • see that their children attend Sunday Mass regularly.
  • register for the First Eucharist program.
  • attend the Parent Meeting
  • Work with the child at home with the support of (and in cooperation with) the Religious Formation staff.
The First Eucharist preparation program consists of one parent information/registration meeting, one rite of Enrollment Mass, Retreat, At Home; chapter book on Sacrament, First Communion Mass.