"The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist." (Catechism #1322)
As a Sacrament of Initiation, Holy Eucharist seals the intimate bond which Baptism establishes between Jesus Christ and his disciples and further unites a person to the church. For those baptized as infants, the early years of life are nourished in the Christian family, the domestic church. The family, in turn, should be rooted in the parish community and participating in the weekly celebration of the Lord’s Day in order to begin the preparation process.
Children are encouraged to participate in religious education classes in the years preceding their First Eucharist. This sacrament typically is held when a child is in second grade; however, older children may participate by making arrangements with the parish office.