The most important of all the sacraments is the Most Holy Eucharist, since it is truly the personal Presence of Christ. In the Eucharist, Christ the Lord Himself is contained, offered, and received. By the Eucharist, the Church continually lives and grows.

The Eucharistic sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated through the ages, is the summit and source of all worship and Christian life. It both signifies and effects the unity of the People of God and brings about the building up of the body of Christ. All the other sacraments and all the rest of the life and work of the Church flow from the Most Holy Eucharist and are ordered to it.

For a fuller presentation on the great gift of the Eucharist and its role in the life of the Church, see “What Happens At Mass” (PDF file) and “Why the Eucharist?” (PDF file)

Sacramental Preparation – First Eucharist

In their second grade year, students from both the Catholic schools and the public schools gather together to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. The meetings, and the events themselves, are organized on a parish basis, but all events are open to anyone in the cluster. First Reconciliation usually occurs in December and First Eucharist in April or May.