The word “Eucharist” is a Greek word for Thanksgiving. It is through the Eucharist we give thanks to God through His son, Jesus Christ. It is the second of the three sacraments of initiation (baptism, Eucharist, and confirmation). The Eucharist is the sacrament in which we receive the body and Blood of Christ. This celebration always includes: the proclamation of the Word of God; thanksgiving to God the Father for all His benefits, consecration of bread and wine; and participation in the liturgical banquet by receiving the Lord’s body and blood (CCC 1408). Life does not flourish without food and drink.
To prepare for this sacrament, both parents and their child get a deeper understanding of Mass and what the rite means. In working towards being fully initiated members of the Church, children will partake in a workshop, regular classes, and activities that will strengthen their understanding of the sacrament. To receive this sacrament, the child must have gone through one year of religious education prior. First Eucharist takes place in April and May in the weeks following Easter.
If you have any questions or would like to register your children for Religious Education, please see the Registration page
If you are an adult or have a child who is passed the age of reason (age 7) who has not received first holy Communion and would like to prepare for the sacrament, please contact Rachel Kroes, Director of Religious Education, at [email protected]il.org or 262-639-6280.