While all the sacraments are important for helping us grow in holiness, there is one sacrament that stands above the rest in importance for living a life of genuine holiness: the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the sacrament in which the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ become present under the appearance of bread and wine. It is the very heart and center of our Catholic faith life, and it is the epitome of our expression of faith and the best way to share in the saving grace of Christ. When we receive the Eucharist, we are united with Christ who lived, died, and rose again for our salvation and we are united with one another; we are strengthened and our relationships with other Christians are made holy; we are nourished with God’s transforming grace; and we are prepared for the future glory of God’s heavenly banquet. In short, receiving the Eucharist is the way we can taste a little of heaven while on earth.
Children typically receive their First Holy Communion at the end of 2nd grade. Children may receive preparation through our parish Faith Formation program. For more information on registering your child to prepare for and receive his or her first Eucharist, please contact the Director of Religious Education, Vanessa Carson, at 828-264-8338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an adult Catholic who has never received your First Communion and would like to, please speak with our pastor, Fr. Buckler, or the Director of Religious Education, Vanessa Carson.