In the Eucharist, bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ.  The richness of this sacrament is expressed in the many names we give it; the Eucharist, the Lord's Supper, the Breaking of Bread, Holy Communion, the Eucharistic Assembly, the Holy Sacrifice and the Paschal Banquet.

1327In 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.

(excerpt taken from Catechism of the Catholic Church)

This sacramental program is open to all children in grade 2 or higher who have received the Sacrament of Baptism or Profession of Faith in the Roman Catholic Church

 

913 The administration of the Most Holy Eucharist to children requires that they have sufficient knowledge and careful preparation so that they understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity and are able to receive the body of Christ with faith and devotion.

(Code of Canon Law)

 

Celebration of first eucharist 2010

                                             

 

In the sacrament of the Eucharist, the parents are  invited to share in the experience of preparing their child at home, at their own pace.

The parish has four meetings (see schedule)  throughout the year to guide and support the parents on their child’s faith journey.

The program used is called “We Share in the Eucharist”.

Preparing your child for the sacrament of the Eucharist involves more than getting them ready for the ceremony.  You should also:

  •  teach them to walk in the path of God’s love.
  •  help them discover that Jesus shows them the way to God.
  •  encourage them to talk to God.
  •  enable them to acquire and make their own moral decisions.
  •  instill in them to trust in the infinite love of God, who always forgives them.


Children will celebrate their First Eucharist  with their Family  during the Easter Season (see schedule).  The parents are the prime educators of their  child’s faith and therefore, the first communicant  should celebrate the reception of their First Communion  with their family.

A Solemn Group Celebration is also scheduled at a later date (see Schedule)

A copy of your child’s baptismal certificate is to accompany the registration if your child was not baptized at St. Martha’s Parish.

 

Registrations usually occur during the second week in September.  For more details check the bulletin for dates or call the parish office.

 

 

Meeting Dates for 2018

Please bring a wallet size photo of your child.  This will be put on the First Eucharist Banner during our First Eucharist Celebration.  Please provide a copy of your child's baptismal certificate if the Parish does not have a copy.  We must have a copy of your child's baptismal certificate in order for your child to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

 

MEETING #1                                  

Thursday, January 18, 2018  @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
MEETING #2 Thursday, February 1, 2018  @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
MEETING #3 Thursday, February 15, 2018  @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
MEETING #4 Thursday, March 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
MEETING #5

Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

MEETING # 6 Thursday, April 12, 2018 @6.30pm - 8.00pm
SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am
   

 

SOLEMN GROUP & FAMILY CELEBRATION

WHEN  : Saturday April 14,  2018

TIME     : 10.00 am

WHERE: St. Martha's Parish

 

PLEASE NOTE:


• Please provide a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate if the Parish does not have a copy.  We must have a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate in order for your child to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist. 

• If your child’s baptism was celebrated outside of Canada please provide the address of the Parish.
Please make sure the certificate is translated to English.

• For our meeting on Thursday, January 18, 2018, please bring a package of cookies and one litre of juice.  Please bring cookies and juice that have a shelf life.  They will be used for snacks at our meetings.

• Please bring a wallet size photo of your child.  This will be put on the First Eucharist Banner during our First Eucharist Celebration

One parent/guardian must attend the meetings with their child