The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions. (CCC 1131)
Forms & Documents:
First Holy Communion
Q. What is Holy Eucharist?
A. The Holy Eucharist is the Sacrament which contains the body and blood, soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine. 1
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. 2
Children going into the 2nd grade are eligible to receive First Holy Communion. Classes begin in October and end in May. To sign up download the registration form and return it to the Faith Formation offices.
Adults must attend the Rite of Christian Initiation classes starting in mid- September and ending at Easter. After attending classes and having sufficient reflection on entering the Catholic Church, adults can receive first Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil. If you have an irregular situation, such as a schismatic group, please call the Cathedral to talk to a clergy member about how to come into full communion.
1 Baltimore Catechism, 870
2 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1322