The Eucharist is a Sacrament since it was instituted by Christ in the Gospels (Matt 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 6). Its outward signs are the wheat bread and grape wine over which the words of consecration – “This is My Body, this is My Blood” – are said by the priest as the representative of Christ. The inward grace is Christ Himself, the Author of all grace – “He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood abides in Me, and I in him.” [John 6:56] The Catholic Church teaches that the Eucharist, even though it still appears as bread and wine after consecration, is truly the Real Presence of Christ – His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. (Council of Trent, 13th Session)
Retreat and Celebration:
Preparation for First Reconciliation
(also called Penance or Confession) is a joint effort between the child, parents or significant adults,
and the parish. The parish welcomes the children and assist parents in the formal preparation
for the sacrament and the celebration.
The whole family is encouraged to be involved in this process. The celebration of the sacrament takes place in January.
First Holy Eucharist
Holy Communion is the reception of the Eucharist, which is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”
All the Children of the parish who have been baptized and are in second grade or older are invited to prepare with their families for the celebration of First Reconciliation or First Holy Eucharist.
Contact Theresa at 756-2535
for more information
The reception of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. Through this sacrament, the baptized are
more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with the special strength of the Holy Spirit. Accepting their call
as true witnesses of Christ they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith
by word and example.
At Holy Family Parish, Confirmation is normally celebrated in the fall
of senior year of high school.
Contact Deb at 756-2535
for more information on our preparation program.