Eucharist (Communion)

The Eucharist--instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper--is at the core of our celebration each Mass. Jesus truly becomes the Body and Blood we receive (John 6: 51-58). At the Last Supper, sharing His Body and Blood with the disciples, Jesus said, "Do this in memory of me"--and so we do, through Holy Communion.

First Eucharist at Holy Name of Jesus for Children

To register your child for First Sacraments, click here.

Eucharist is the core of our Catholic faith. Baptized children receiving their First Eucharist are required to have sufficient knowledge combined with thoughtful preparation in order to truly understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity. First Eucharist is celebrated as part of our Sunday liturgy during the Easter Season.

Eucharist is a faith community event. The family is the core of our faith community, so sacramental preparation needs to take place in the home with the support of the Church. Holy Name of Jesus partners with the parents to help prepare children for the reception of this sacrament. Parents can feel confident that they are fulfilling their responsibilities in preparing their children for First Eucharist if they take the religious education of their children seriously while offering their personal witness of the Eucharistic presence of Jesus. Enthusiastic participation on a weekly basis is one of the best examples a parent can offer their first communicant.

For First Eucharist parents, there is a mandatory two-part information meeting in Feburary.

Parents will choose one date from the first set of sessions AND one date from the second set of sessions listed below:

Session 1:

Sunday, Feb. 12 from 12-1:15 p.m. or

Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 5-6:15 p.m.

Session 2:

Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 5-6:15 p.m. or

Sunday, Feb. 26 from 12-1:15 p.m.

All meetings will be held at Holy Name of Jesus in the main church. If your child was not baptized at HNOJ, you will need to bring a recent copy of their Baptismal certificate with you to a Session 1 parent meeting. Because of the need to restructure our sacraments preparation in order to provide your family the optimum experience, it is imperative that you choose and attend a date from each session.

(Please understand that this is a change for the Sacraments program this year.  We did not have this information for previous hand outs and mailings for this current year for First Sacraments. We do apologize for any scheduling conflicts two meetings may create, however we want to focus on the importance of the Sacrament of the Eucharist for both the parents and the children that will be making their First Communion this year. Thank you for your patience and your cooperation in helping us to provide a better preparation experience.)  

At the parent meetings, materials for preparing your child for his or her First Eucharist in the home are provided and explained.  Background regarding the Sacrament is presented.

All children preparing for their First Eucharist in 2017 should plan to attend our First Eucharist Retreat on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.  This is the only time this retreat is held!  Please mark your calendar and make plans for your child to attend this retreat.  Children will go from center to center in large groups to experience a tasting of unconsecrated bread and wine, attend a church tour, bake their own bread and participate in a guided meditation prayer focused on the Eucharist.  Volunteer opportunities are available for parents who wish to take part in this special day with their children.

In 2017, we will celebrate First Eucharist as a parish community at the following Masses:

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Please contact Lauri Becker with any questions at 763-745-3495 or via email at lbecker@hnoj.org.

First Eucharist at Holy Name of Jesus for Adults:

Adults wishing to receive First Eucharist are encouraged to join the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program.