The Sacrament of Eucharist is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation. The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word eucharista, which means "thankfulness." Eucharist is the sacrament in which the true Body and Blood of Christ, who is truly and substantially present under the appearance of bread and wine is received in holy Communion.
"Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me." - Luke 22:19
Preparing children for the Celebration of First Eucharist
These “first" Sacraments are milestones in your child’s ongoing Catholic formation. The Celebration of the Sacrament of first Holy Eucharist at St. Bernard is a parish event held for all our Catholic parish children in the 2nd grade* in the spring beginning in the school year 2020-2021. Children in grade 3 school year of 2020-2021 will prepare in the fall. Children must be enrolled in the parish school or our Family Faith Formation program. For a complete timeline of Sacramental Preparation changes as they will occur for grades 2 and 3 please see this letter
Families will participate in an online process that will involve viewing engaging videos and sharing in family discussion. Information about this program will be provided to families upon registration. To register your child for sacraments for this school year please complete this form.
There is a parent-only meeting in early September to begin our journey. We will review all upcoming dates and review the very important role that parents play in the preparation of their child.
Older children who have not received the Sacrament of First Eucharist will be ministered to on an individual basis. Please contact Cyndi in the parish office if your child is older than third grade and has not received this Sacrament so that necessary arrangements can be made.
Parents with children in Grade 2 this school year will also need to prepare and register for First Reconciliation
Arranging Communion for the Home Bound
Please contact Denise in the parish office to arrange for a volunteer to bring communion to those who are homebound or in nursing homes.