First Holy Communion...
Holy Communion – What we are about....
The Sacrament of the Last Supper by Salvador Dali (1955)
“In order that the liturgy may possess its full effectiveness, it is necessary that the faithful come to it with proper dispositions, that their minds be attuned to their voices, and that they cooperate with divine grace, lest they receive it in vain. Pastors must therefore realize that when the liturgy is celebrated something more is required than the mere observance of the laws governing valid and lawful celebration; it is also their duty to ensure that the faithful take part fully aware of what they are doing, actively engaged in the rite and enriched by its effects.” Second Vatican Council (1962-65)
— Sacrosanctum Concilium, No. 11.
This teaching of our Church explains why our children are invited into a preparation process so as to be “properly disposed” to know WHO they are receiving when they come to Mass, and WHY receiving the Lord is so important to us as Catholics!
Our parish lovingly invites our families, either through the parish school (St. Therese Academy); or, through our faith formation sessions (led by dedicated parishioners, gathering our children together to learn, share, and discuss, what our Church teaches). And so together with their parents, it is our prayer our children will become more and more aware of what it means to be a committed Catholic, and live as a disciple of the Lord.
Prayers given to you to pray, to remind all of us who we are, and the destiny for which we are created and the promise of eternal joy God wants for us all...
St. Thomas Aquinas
(around 1270 a.d.)
O Sacred Banquet,
In which Christ is received,
The memory of his Passion is renewed,
Our mind is filled with grace,
And a pledge of future glory is given to us. Amen.
“Behold what you are,
become what you receive!
For you are the Body of Christ,
one of His members.
If, therefore, you are the Body of Christ
and His members,
your mystery is presented
at the table of the Lord,
and you receive your mystery.
To that which you are,
you answer: ‘Amen’;
and by thus answering,
you are subscribing to its truth.
You hear: `The Body of Christ!’
and you answer: ‘Amen!’
Be a member of Christ’s Body,
so that your ‘Amen’ may be the truth.”
(around 395 a.d.)
PLEASE contact the parish to learn about how to begin this sacramental formation process.
Click the orange "Faith Formation Registration Form" button below. Print and fill out the PDF form. And then call us at 619-582-3716 , email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come into the parish office to discuss this Sacrament.