Completed Eucharist Activity Booklets should be turned in prior to or on the day of your child’s scheduled Sacrament of First Eucharist Celebration.
You may drop off ALL COMPLETED Yellow Eucharist Worksheets for Chapters 1 through 10 inside your child’s Yellow Eucharist Folder in the bin OUTSIDE, in front of the BCRE Office entrance (far right of St. Theresa Parish Hall) labeled “First Sacraments Completed Assignments”
All folders MUST be labeled with your child’s first and last names.
First Eucharist Suggested Schedule 2020-2021 for the Click Here
You can use the suggested schedule as a checklist for completing the ten assignments to prepare for this upcoming sacrament.
Below is an example of one of the ten assignments to be completed and turned in at your child’s scheduled Sacrament of First Eucharist:
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we are unable to offer the Sacrament of First Eucharist Workshop as we have done in the years past. As such, I have included some resources that will be helpful in preparing your child for his/her upcoming Sacrament of First Eucharist.
Reflecting on the Last Supper and Easter
- Jesus gave us his Body and Blood at the Last Supper.
- In every Mass, Jesus gives himself to us as he did at the Last Supper.
- Ordinary bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ at every Mass.
- When we go to Mass, the words the priest says are the same as the ones Jesus said at the Last Supper.
- Jesus and his disciples sat around a table at the Last Supper. The altar is sometimes called the “table of the Lord.”
Below are some short video clips about the Last Supper and Easter:
- Last Supper, First Eucharist
- Eucharist Song
- The Story of Easter, the Last Supper
- The Story of Easter, Jesus’ Sacrifice
- God’s Story, the Last Supper
- God’s Story, Easter
- Regularly attending or watching Mass with your family is the best way to prepare for this special day.
- Sign up to attend Mass
- Our Weekday Masses are Tuesdays and Fridays at 12:05pm at St. Andrew.
- Our Weekend Masses are:
- Saturday 4pm at St. Mary
- Sunday 8am at St. Andrew
- Sunday 10am at St. Theresa
- Recorded Sunday Masses: We are heartened by the number of people coming back to their faith through these pre-recorded Masses.
- These Masses are available on our YouTube channel on Saturdays at 3pm.
- These Masses are also available through BATV on Saturdays at 7pm, and Sundays at 9am, on Xfinity (channel 8) or Verizon (channel 31).
- The link above provides a booklet that you can print, color, and bring with you to church to better understand the parts and order of Mass
- Understanding what happens at Mass helps the children understand its importance and their special opportunity to receive Communion.
Below are some short video clips from Brother Francis related to celebrating Mass:
- Celebrating Mass
- Remembering What the Mass is About
- The Entrance Procession
- Paying Attention in Church
- The Bread and Wine at Mass
- With a Heart of Praise
What to Expect
- One pew will be reserved for your household family at the front of the Church.
- Please be sure to have your child sit at the end of the pew (closest to the aisle) so that he/she may be first from your family to receive the Eucharist.
- Aside from checking in at the front doors of the church prior to the start Mass, you do not need to come early.
- Your child will come forward with the rest of your family at the time of communion, as there will be no “special” time during this public Mass.
- You are welcome to stay after Mass to take pictures.
What to Know
We encourage families to watch this short, helpful video on “How to Receive Your First Holy Communion” to be better prepared to receive this special Sacrament:
Kindly practice receiving communion with through role play the following steps:
(Helpful Tip: Practice using Mini Saltine Crackers or pieces of bread as the host)
- Prayerful “pointy” hands when approaching the alter
- Bow before your turn
- Hands clasp (left hand on top of right hand)
- Priest will say, “Body of Christ” child will reply, “Amen”
- Use the right hand from the bottom to bring the host to your mouth
- Children will bless themselves with the Sign of the Cross
- Return to your pew quietly
- Kneel and pray until the Eucharist has been put back in the Tabernacle
First Holy Communion Attire
Your child is welcome to wear to his/her special attire for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion (the traditional all white attire) or his/her Sunday Easter Best.
You will be required to wear a mask during Mass. We would ask that you bring one with you
BCRE Communion Closet
The BCRE Communion Closet Program encourages parishioners and families to donate First Holy Communion dresses and suits that are new or no longer needed so they may be used/reused by families in need. The outfits are borrowed, worn, dry cleaned, and then returned to the Communion Closet to be used once again.
These donations of pretty white dresses and handsome white suits as well as accessories such as shoes and First Communion veils are available for our First Holy Communicants to borrow at the BCRE Communion Closet at St. Theresa Parish Hall.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to browse and borrow these outfits for your child’s upcoming special day.
Recommended Stores for Traditional First Holy Communion Attire:
Good Hearts Children’s Shop, Reading, MA
Prospect Hill Company, Brockton, MA