The sacraments of Christian initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist – lay the foundations of every Christian life. The sharing in the divine nature given to all men and women through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.
The Sacrament of Communion is a Holy Sacrament by which the believer eats the Holy Body and Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, present under the form of Bread and Wine. This sacrament has the greatest importance among the seven church sacraments. It is sometimes called the “Mystery of Mysteries” or the “Crown of Sacraments”, for all the sacraments are crowned by the Eucharist
The Sacrament of Holy Communion has many benefits, such as:
Receiving “First Communion” is a highlight for a child’s early faith life. From the time that your child was baptized, the journey to the Eucharist began. Children who are seven years of age (or have begun Grade Two) are invited to begin preparation for this special moment in their lives.
The Eucharist is the central act of worship in the liturgical life of the Catholic Church. The celebration of the Mass is the best expression of the church’s worship of God. Eucharist means “thanksgiving”. It is the greatest means Christians have of thanking God for the gift of his Son, Jesus Christ. In receiving Holy Communion, we receive the real presence of Jesus and so enter into an “intimate communion with God”.
In St. Francis Xavier Parish, children prepare for First Communion as a regular part of their faith formation in Grade Two in our local Catholic Schools.
DATES FOR THIS YEAR’S FIRST COMMUNION CELEBRATIONS:
St. Francis Xavier – April 23rd – 10:00 am
St. Martin of Tours – April 23rd – 1:30 pm
St. Clare of Assisi – April 30th – 10:00 am
St. Agnes – April 30th – 1:30 pm
Our Lady of Peace – May 1st – 1:30 pm
DATES FOR THIS YEAR’S FIRST RECONCILIATION:
St. Francis Xavier – March 24th – 7:00 pm
St. Martin of Tours – March 28th – 7:00 pm
St. Clare of Assisi – March 29th – 7:00 pm
St. Agnes – March 30th – 7:00 pm
Our Lady of Peace – March 31st – 7:00 pm