The Eucharist (including First Confession and First Communion)


The Sacramental Signs of the Eucharist

  • Bread and wine

Institution by Jesus Christ

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, "Take and eat; this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins." Matthew 26:26-28

"I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world." The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us (his) flesh to eat?" Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever." John 6:48-58

The Grace (Effect)

The principal effects of the Most Holy Eucharist to those who worthily receive it are:

  • Preserves and increases the life of the soul (which is grace) just as natural food sustains and increases the life of the body
  • Absolves venial sins and preserves us from mortal sin
  • Produces spiritual consolation

Who May Receive the Eucharist?

Catholics who have received their First Sacraments, who are not conscious of grave sin, and who have fasted for at least one hour are encouraged to devoutly and frequently receive Holy Communion.


2019 First Confession and First Communion

  • Registration information
  • Classes are designed for parish children in grades 2 – 4 *
  • There are no fees; workbooks stay with the parish
  • Entry requirements are a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate, unless baptized at St. Matthew’s, and registered members of the parish
  • Check the parish web page for dates that classes meet.

*         Exceptions on individual basis by Fr. Khanh, separate instruction for youths 6th+ grade

**       Classes meet in the ESS Portable from 9am – 10am (between Sunday Masses)

***    Class and individual photos taken before First Communion Mass on Saturday May 12

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