Eucharist is the pre-eminent sacrament from which all others have meaning, the source and summit of all Christian life. The Sunday celebration of the Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life. It is the ritual, sacramental action of thanksgiving to God which constitutes the principal Christian liturgical celebration of and communion in the paschal mystery of Christ. The liturgical action called the Eucharist is also traditionally known as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Eucharist completes Christian initiation and is a repeatable sacrament.
Youth First Communion (Eucharist) Preparation:
Based on Diocesan Policies for Sacramental Preparation guidelines, children begin their preparation for First Eucharist when they have entered the 2nd grade. Students in both public and Catholic schools should attend this yearlong preparation in the parish Religious Formation program. Children should take part in the regular religious education program (either with the parish or in a Catholic School) for at least one year before they prepare for these sacraments. For additional information, please contact Kristi Harriman at 757-484-7335 or [email protected].
Adult First Communion (Eucharist):
Adults who have not received First Communion as a child must first be confirmed in the Catholic Church. For adults desiring baptism (if needed), confirmation, and Eucharist, the Cluster Parishes offer these individuals the opportunity to receive these Sacraments as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). For more information about RCIA, please click here.
Please note: There is NO REQUIREMENT to join or be registered at any of our parishes to receive the Sacraments. You are always welcome to do so, however there is NO REQUIREMENT.