The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.” The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit. Finally, by the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all.In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: “Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1323-1327)
COMMUNION AT ST. PETER
We are here to guide, teach, and support you and as your child prepares for the sacraments. It is essential to keep in mind that the Church has always considered parents to be the primary educators in the work of forming their children’s faith. Please contact Justyna Baustert, Director of Evangelization and Catechesis for guidance and materials as you prepare your child for the sacrament of reconciliation.
St. Peter’s offers an eight-month sacramental preparation program for children- 3rd graders may be enrolled in classes that are offered on Sunday mornings. (Classes for children in 4th -12th grade are on Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm -8pm). Program registration is open in the summer. Classes begin in September and sacraments are received in the spring.
COMMUNION PREPARATION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
- A child must be baptized. A copy of the certificate must be on file with the parish office.
- Attend the weekly sacramental preparation program.
- Each child is required to complete the Communion Preparation materials with their parents.
- Children and their parents are expected to attend Mass each Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation.
- Children and parents are required to attend a First Holy Communion day retreat at St. Peter’s
- Parent(s) must attend one class during each month of the sacramental preparation program.
To receive First Communion, your child must have been baptized Catholic. If they were not baptized Catholic and are 7 or older, please visit our RCIA page.
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