At the same time we give ourselves to Christ so that we can be united to him as members of his Body, the Church. In the Eucharist we are transformed into the Body of Christ. Our transformation is a life long journey in which we become more like Christ, seeing others as he does, and having a heart like his heart; a heart full of love and compassion for the world. At the end of the Eucharist we are sent out with the following words – “Go and announce the gospel of the Lord.” It is a reminder to us that we are to play our part in transforming our families, communities, society and world with faith, hope and love in our hearts. In this way, Jesus sends us our to ‘live the Eucharist’ in our daily lives for the good of all people and all creation.
In our Parish, children receive the Eucharist for the first time during their Primary Four year at school. The are prepared for this sacrament by their parents and teachers and are invited to participate in the ‘Do this in Memory’ children’s Masses which take place in the course of their Primary Four year at school. These occasions are important in giving first communicants an understanding of the importance of the Eucharist in their lives. These Masses are celebrated once each month leading up to the First Communion Day and parents are involved in preparing the liturgy for each Mass.