“The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation.” CCC # 1322
It is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” Lumen Gentium 11.
To receive the sacrament, the child needs to have the desire to receive Christ, and to be able to distinguish the Eucharist as the Body and Blood of Jesus. Eucharist is a repeatable sacrament.
Parents must provide a baptism certificate in order to register for preparation for the sacrament of First Eucharist. The parish must ensure that the child is a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church and have celebrated reconciliation before preparing and celebrating Confirmation and First Communion.
Records of baptism are held in the parish in which the child was baptized. Contact the parish to request a copy of the certificate of baptism.
For more information see:
- December 27, 2006 Pastoral Letter to the Faithful of the Diocese of St. Paul on
- Catechism of the Catholic Church – Article 3 – The Sacrament of the Eucharist #1322 – 1419
- You Cat - The Sacrament of the Eucharist #208 – 223
- Guidelines for Confirmation and First Communion Celebrations (revised February 12, 2014)