Holy Eucharist

The Holy Eucharist is considered one of the holiest and most important occasions in a life. It means that person has received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus Christ.


Why is First Communion so important?

First Communion opens the door of our understanding of the mystery of Jesus in our lives.

The First Communion is a celebration of children becoming part of the Catholic church. The First Communion is based on mental development, not age. However, most kids are around seven when they reach the point to take part in this ceremony and join the church. Yes, this is a big stage of the beginning. It is our responsibility to continue growing in the honor and respect that we found on the day of our First Communion.

The Holy Eucharist completes Christian Initiation.  Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.

Celebration and Con-celebration of Mass

The celebration and distribution of the Eucharist may take place on any day at any hour, except those that are excluded by liturgical laws. Though normally one should seek to celebrate with the participation of the faithful, personal devotion is a reasonable cause for celebration even if no member of the faithful is present. When in your prudent judgment, it is for the spiritual benefit of the faithful, you may binate or trinate. A priest who celebrates the Eucharist twice or three times may consume something before the second or third celebration even though there is not an hour’s interval. You may concelebrate Mass, even if this involves binating or trinating, on any day when you consider it useful for your own personal devotion or for that of the faithful.  Those who concelebrate are to wear alb and stole. The Eucharistic celebration is to be carried out in a sacred place, unless in a particular case necessity requires otherwise; in which case the celebration must be in a fitting place. Outside of a sacred place, an appropriate table may be used, with an altar cloth and corporal. With the permission of the Parish priest and for the benefit of the faithful in general (without discrimination), you may celebrate Mass in private houses, especially for the benefit of the sick.  Except for the latter, it is preferable that such Masses be celebrated only during the week, and not on Sundays.

Preparation for and Reception of Holy Communion

Preparation for and reception of all sacraments is to take place within the child’s parish community.  (For pastoral reasons,) children should be encouraged to receive first Penance at a reasonable time before first Communion so that they can appreciate the benefit of each sacrament. This will allow for adequate catechesis regarding both sacraments. Anyone who is conscious of grave sin may not celebrate Mass or receive the Body of the Lord without previously having been to sacramental Confession, unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess; in this case the person is to remember the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, which includes the resolve to go to Confession as soon as possible. One who receives the Holy Eucharist may receive it again on the same day but only within a Eucharistic Celebration in which the person participates. A person may receive again in danger of death. The normal Eucharistic fast is one hour before reception, but water and medicine do not break the fast.  The sick and the elderly as well as those who care for them may receive even if within the preceding hour, they have consumed something. Ordinarily Holy Communion is given either in the hand or on the tongue.  Those who indicate a desire to receive Holy Communion by accepting the Host in the hand must consume it immediately and not take it back to their seat.  Communion by intinction is also permitted in the diocese.

Diocese of Roseau General Pastoral Directives and Special Faculties can be Download HERE

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a First Holy Communion?

n the simplest terms, First Holy Communion is a religious ceremony performed in church by Catholics when a child reaches the age of around 7-8 years and celebrates the first time that they accept the bread and wine (also known as the Eucharist).

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