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The celebration of the Eucharist is at the heart of the life of the Church. The Christian community gathers to celebrate the mystery of God’s love as it is revealed in the sacred Scriptures and in the sacrificial meal. Those who gather are fed by the Word and by the Body and Blood of Christ.
We are excited that your family will be celebrating your child’s First Eucharist with us at The Basilica. We hope you find the experience fruitful and enriching to your own faith life. The celebration of the Eucharist is at the heart of the life of the Church. The Christian community gathers to celebrate the mystery of God’s love as it is revealed in the sacred Scriptures and in the sacrificial meal. Those who gather are fed by the Word and by the Body and Blood of Christ.
First Eucharist preparation for families with children age seven (Grade 2) and above is offered once a year. The sacrament is celebrated during the season of Easter in the Spring. Children must be active participants in faith formation programs at The Basilica or be enrolled in a Catholic school. In addition, children must receive the sacrament of First Reconciliation before preparing for First Eucharist.
- Monday, January 22, 7:00pm: Parent First Communion meeting over Zoom
- Parent-child activities to do at home
- Sunday, March 3, 9:30-10:45am: Parent/Child Meeting in the Great Hall of the School
- Sunday, April 7, 9:30-10:45am: Parent/Child Meeting in the Great Hall of the School
- Families are encouraged to attend the 11:30am Mass following the meetings to reinforce the lessons.
- First Communion Celebrations (parents will sign up for a date on March 3)
Saturday, May 4, 5:00pm Mass
Sunday, May 5, 9:30am Mass
Parish Policies for Sacraments:
- All families celebrating sacraments at The Basilica of Saint Mary must be registered member of the parish.
- In addition to preparation for the sacrament, children must participate in weekly faith formation classes or be enrolled in a Catholic school the year before AND the year in which they are to receive the sacrament,and attend Mass on a weekly basis.
If you join The Basilica after our program year starts, we still warmly welcome you to enroll your children for the balance of the program year, providing there is adequate time for preparation (at least 3-4 months).
The Eucharist, from the Greek eucharistein, “to give thanks,” is the sacramental celebration of the Divine Mystery. It consists of two parts. During the liturgy of the Word, the community hears the story of salvation as it has been revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. During the liturgy of the table, the community celebrates Jesus' sacrifice for the life of the world.
Today's celebration is characterized by full, conscious and active participation of the entire assembly. The emphasis on the presence of Christ has shifted away the Eucharistic bread and wine only, to include the assembly, the priest and the Word.