First Holy Communion will be celebrated at the 11:00 a.m. Mass this Sunday, May 1, at Saint Joseph Church for members of our Parish and surrounding Parishes who are enrolled in the Saint Joseph Parish School of Religion Program. Those who will be receiving their First Holy Communion recently celebrated the Sacrament of Confession in preparation to receive the Lord Jesus really and truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.
On this special occasion, we call to mind that the Lord Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist at the Last Supper with His disciples; that in the celebration of the Eucharist the bread and wine really and truly become His Body and Blood; and that the Lord Jesus commanded us to celebrate the Eucharist in memory of Him.
As Saint Paul the Apostle reminds us, “For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes” (I Corinthians 11:23-26).
A special word of gratitude goes to all those who were involved in preparing those who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last Sunday and for those who were involved in preparing those who will be receiving their First Holy Communion this Sunday. Here I think especially of their parents who are the primary educators of their children in the ways of faith and the catechists who teach in our Parish School of Religion.