The Eucharist has held a central place of prominence in the Church for over 2,000 years. Every time we gather for Eucharist we take part in the great mystery of faith. We believe that this sacred bread and wine are the Body and Blood of Jesus. When we eat his body and drink his blood, we will have eternal life.
The sacrament is initially celebrated as First Holy Communion by children who are in second grade. The Archdiocesan requirement is for grade school students to attend one full year of Religious Education prior to the sacrament year.
Adults and children ages 7 and older who enter the Church through RCIA/RCIC receive the Sacrament of Eucharist as part of the Easter Vigil celebration.