First Eucharist


The Sacrament of the Eucharist completes the Sacraments of Initiation. The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life.” In the Eucharist we are receiving the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend: In the most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore the whole Christ is truly, really and substantially contained. (CCC 1322-1374)

In order to properly prepare for the sacrament, it is expected that all children preparing for First Eucharist participate in regular religious education thru the parish’s Religious Education program or by attending a Catholic school in the county. Reception of First Eucharist is in the second grade. However, preparation for the sacrament begins with participation in a religious education program one year prior to the sacramental year. All children celebrate the sacrament for the first time during the Easter season. All students wishing to receive this sacrament must show their weekly Mass attendance at St. Aloysius through the use of their
own student offertory envelopes.

Contact: Leonard Wathen: 301-475-8064, ext. 16