“The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’ ‘The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.’”—Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324
We, as Catholics, believe that in the Mass, the bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through transubstantiation. “When we eat the broken Bread, we unite ourselves with the love of Jesus, who gave his body for us on the wood of the Cross; when we drink from the chalice, we unite ourselves with him who even poured out his blood out of love for us. We did not invent this ritual. Jesus himself celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples and therein anticipated his death; he gave himself to his disciples under the signs of bread and wine and commanded them from then on, even after his death, to celebrate the Eucharist. ‘Do this in remembrance of me’ (YouCat 208)”.
When do children receive First Holy Communion at St. Amelia?
Children in grade three receive the Sacrament of Eucharist in May. There is an informational meeting for parents held in December. Parents are asked to work on a specially chosen book with their children. We follow up with extra material in class and then the children attend a special retreat day. Rehearsal is done typically a week before and we offer the families a choice of three different liturgies for their child to receive First Communion.
More information is available at St Amelia’s Religious Education site or by contacting Elaine Volker at 836-0011 ext 116.
If you are a baptized Catholic but have not received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, please contact Brian Ruh at 836-0011 ext 122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Mass: Celebrated each morning, Monday through Friday, at 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Mass: Celebrated on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (with Children’s Liturgy of the Word) and at 7:00 p.m. (Folk Group). Sunday morning Masses are at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. (with Children’s Liturgy of the Word), and 11:00 a.m. (Choir).