Eucharist is the sacrament in which the Christian community comes together to celebrate Christ’s presence among us. In the Eucharist we recognize the actions Jesus lived and continues to live today through each of us. We bring to the celebration of the Eucharist all the experiences of our daily family living. Nourished by the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist, and in the people gathered, we go forth to serve others as Jesus did.
Eucharist is the primary sacrament of Reconciliation. It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Detroit that those preparing for Eucharist be catechized for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and that an opportunity for celebrating the sacrament be provided before, but separate from, the catechesis and celebration of the Sacrament of Eucharist. This means that children usually celebrate Reconciliation prior to celebrating First Eucharist.
Immediate preparation does NOT take place during religious education classes (GIFT), or Catholic school but rather in the home parish. A parent meeting will be held in October via Zoom to go over the preparation program and discuss the parents’ role as primary catechist for their child. Materials will be distributed to be completed at home during the school year. Additionally, children will be required to attend two special events, one for each sacrament. Adjustments will be made to meet current guidelines for safe gatherings, so we will be prepared to hold these events virtually if necessary.
To register for immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist a member of St. Mary of the Hills must:
- Be currently enrolled in the Religious Formation program at St. Mary’s or in a Catholic school.
- Present a copy of Baptismal Certificate if not baptized at St. Mary of the Hills.
- Faithfully participate in the preparation program and demonstrate a commitment to our Community, and the preparation process.