The Holy Eucharist is the Sacrament which contains the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine. In the Holy Eucharist, which is a sacrifice as well, the Lord Christ is offered and received.
“I am the living bread that has come down from heaven. If anyone eat of this bread, he shall live forever.” (John 6:51-52)
(Source: St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism)
HOLY EUCHARIST FOR CHILDREN
St. Charles children receive their First Holy Communion after proper and complete religious preparation by the St. Charles School, St. Charles Religious Program, or in some cases another Catholic school. Arrangements may be made through the rectory, school, or religious education office.
HOLY EUCHARIST FOR ADULTS
Adults are received fully into the Catholic Church and receive their First Holy Communion on Easter Vigil or during the 50 days of the Easter Season. Preparation to receive the Sacraments of Initiation, namely, Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion, must be completed through RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Arrangements may be made through the rectory.
The Holy Eucharist must be received worthily and reverently at all times.