RELIGION This year is a very special year in our faith life as most of us will be making our First Holy Communion in May. We have been studying the Mass in preparation for this event.
The Eucharist will be our second sacrament of Christian Initiation. At Baptism, we were welcomed into the Catholic Church. At our First Communion, we will be invited to participate more fully in our life in the Church as we receive Jesus.
The Mass is our thanksgiving celebration of the gifts Jesus gives us. It has many parts. The first part is the Introductory Rite in which we welcome one another to our celebration. During the Penitential Act, we ask forgiveness for our failings. Next is the Liturgy of the Word in which we listen to and discuss the Scriptures to help guide our everyday lives. Then, in the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the sacrifice of Jesus at the Last Supper is remembered during the Eucharistic Prayer. The Communion Rite is when we receive Jesus in the Sacred Bread. Finally, during the Conclusion Rite, we are sent on our mission, with the Holy Spirit's guidance, to share the love of Jesus with all we meet.
On Feb. 5, we were enrolled in the Eucharist program. We received special pins saying 'Child of God' which Deacon Marc blessed. On Monday, March 25 during the school day, we are scheduled to have our interview about what we have learned. Parents received the questions and answers for this interview at the Eucharist Parent Meeting in October. On Saturday, March 30, we will get together with all those receiving their First Communion this year to share what we have learned and rejoice in our approaching First Communion. On Saturday, May 18, or Sunday, May 19, we will receive Jesus for the first time!