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Eucharist (Communion)

The Eucharist–instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper–is at the core of our celebration each Mass. Jesus truly becomes the Body and Blood we receive (John 6: 51-58). At the Last Supper, sharing His Body and Blood with the disciples, Jesus said, “Do this in memory of me”–and so we do, through Holy Communion.

First Eucharist at St. Anthony for Children [Children must be enrolled in Sunday Faith Formation classes or attend a Catholic School]

Eucharist is the core of our Catholic faith. Baptized children receiving their First Eucharist are required to have sufficient knowledge combined with thoughtful preparation in order to truly understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity. First Eucharist is celebrated as part of our Sunday liturgy during the Easter Season.

Eucharist is a faith community event and is celebrated after children prepare for and celebrate Reconciliation. The family is the core of our faith community, so sacramental preparation needs to take place in the home with the support of the Church. St. Anthony partners with the parents to help prepare children for the reception of this sacrament. Parents can feel confident that they are fulfilling their responsibilities in preparing their children for First Eucharist if they take the religious education of their children seriously while offering their personal witness of the Eucharistic presence of Jesus. Enthusiastic participation on a weekly basis is one of the best examples a parent can offer their first communicant.

For First Eucharist 2019, parent meeting is scheduled for:

  • Sunday February 24, 2019, directly following the 8:30 Mass in Francis Hall (9:45-10:45 AM)

At the parent meetings, materials for preparing your child for his or her First Eucharist in the home are provided and explained.  Background regarding the Sacrament is presented.

All children preparing for their First Eucharist in May 2019 should plan to attend one of these First Eucharist Retreats on

  • Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:30-11:30 am   OR
  • Friday, May 3, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 pm

These are the only times this retreat is held!  Please mark your calendar and make plans for you and your child to attend one of these retreats.  Children & parents will visit various activity centers, experience a self-guided church tour and practice receiving bread and the chalice.

In 2019, we will celebrate First Eucharist as a parish community at the following Masses:

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 1:00 pm (en Español)
  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 5 pm (in English)
  • Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 11:00 am (in English)
  • Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 1:30 pm (in Vietnamese)
  • Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm (en Español)

Contact Cindy Marchese via email, or phone at 503-639-4179 x121 with questions regarding First Communion for children.

First Eucharist at St. Anthony for Adults:

Adults wishing to receive First Eucharist are encouraged to join the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program.