Eucharist

Eucharist

First Communion Classes 2020 – 2021

  • If you would like your child to make their First Communion in 2021 at St.Agnes Church you will need to email elizabethsayer@rcdow.org.uk with the following details:
  1. Child’s full name, DOB, place and date of Baptism
  2. Parent name, address, telephone number.
  3. Date of Baptism if Baptism was at St.Agnes or copy of Baptism certificate if Baptism was anywhere else. Your child will not be accepted on the course without this.

Course requirements

Your child needs to be in year 3 or above in Sept 2020, be a Baptised Catholic and you must be attending Mass on a regular basis. The fee is £25 and covers the cost of materials. Closing date is September 21st 2020. Call 020 8452 2475 and speak to Elizabeth if you have any questions.

Jesus said: ‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live forever.’

The Eucharist is described as the source and summit of the Christian life. It is the origin for all our prayer, worship and activity, and it is the goal of everything we do. This is because in celebrating the Eucharist, we enter into communion with Christ himself, whose body and blood, soul and divinity are given to us under the form of bread and wine.

The Eucharist completes our initiation as Christians and nourishes us for the rest of our days on earth. As Christians together we make up the mystical Body of Christ; in celebrating the Eucharist we unite ourselves with Jesus Christ our Head.

Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper. On the night of his betrayal and arrest, Jesus took bread and wine, elements familiar to the Jewish feast of Passover which he was keeping with his disciples, and spoke of them as being now his body and blood: signs of a new and everlasting Covenant between God and people which he was to establish by his death on the cross the following day

Faithful to Jesus’ command to “do this in memory of me”, the Church continues to take bread and wine and to speak Christ’s words of consecration over them. The Eucharist has been, since the very beginning of the Church, the central act of her worship.

The celebration of the Eucharist is more commonly called the Mass, and receiving the Eucharist more commonly referred to as Holy Communion.

There are a number of services that relate to, or flow from, the Mass: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction; communion taken to the sick or housebound; and, in the absence of a priest, a Service of the Word with Holy Communion.

Children are prepared to receive their First Holy Communion from year three. 

Adults who are seeking to become Catholic and receive Holy Communion should attend the upcoming Journey in Faith course.

Contact us for more information. cricklewood@rcdow.org.uk