Last two Saturdays – May 8th and May 15th – were the days of celebration in our parish. 87 children, 3rd grade students from our school and our parish CCD program, received Jesus Christ,  the Body and Blood of the Lord, in Holy Communion for the first time in their lives. We congratulate them and we offer our prayers for their intentions. First Communion is considered one of the holiest and most important celebrations in a Roman Catholic’s life.  In order for anyone to receive communion, that person must be without sin and in a state of grace. Our children made their first confession, or the Sacrament of Penance, a few weeks before receiving their First Communion. It has to be mentioned that they had to participate in 3 years religious education and preparation program. They also had to learn and memorize many prayers. We tried to help the to understand, to the best of their abilities, the mystery of transubstantiation, the changing of the substance of ordinary bread and wine into the substance of Christ’s body and blood. We tried to explain to the difference between Eucharistic bread and regular food. We taught them to have respect for the body and blood of Christ. We also explained to them that if one has missed Sunday mass without good reason or has committed a mortal sin, that person is expected to go to confession before receiving communion again.  Now we ask parents to help their children grow in the love for the Eucharist.

   Photo by Marcin Zurawicz