“‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; … he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and … abides in me, and I in him.“ Jn 6:51, 54, 56
“The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church’s life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church.” CCC1407
Children are eligible for First Holy Communion when they are in the second grade providing they have a baptismal certificate on file in the Faith Formation office and are receiving instruction through St. Genevieve Elementary School, St. Genevieve-St. Maurice Parish Faith Formation or are being instructed at home with the guidance of the Faith Formation office. First Communion is usually the first Saturday in May.
Parents remain the primary catechists of their children and are expected to participate in the sacramental preparation by reinforcing the catechism, attending required meetings and practices, and being committed to their child’s regular attendance at weekly Mass and catechism class.