Holy Eucharist

The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation.

(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1322)

The Sacrament of Eucharist

If from the beginning Christians have celebrated the Eucharist and in a form whose substance has not changed despite the great diversity of times and liturgies, it is because we know ourselves to be bound by the command the Lord gave on the eve of his Passion:
"Do this in remembrance of me."

We carry out this command of the Lord by celebrating the memorial of his sacrifice. In so doing, we offer to the Father what he has himself given us: the gifts of his creation, bread and wine which, by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the words of Christ, have become the body and blood of Christ. Christ is thus really and mysteriously made present.

We must therefore consider the Eucharist as:

  • thanksgiving and praise to the Father; the sacrificial memorial of Christ and his Body;
  • the presence of Christ by the power of his word and of his Spirit.

(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1356, 1357, 1358).

The Eucharist is the 'source and summit of the Christian life'. The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward."

(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324)

First Communion

The decision concerning an individual child's readiness to receive First Communion rests in the first place with the child's parents in consultation with the child's parish priest and teacher(s). However, it is the duty of the parish priest to see to it that children who have not yet reached the use of reason, or whom he has judged to be insufficiently prepared, do not come to Holy Communion (Canon 914).

Adequate preparation (in the Archdiocese of Toronto) is understood to be the successful completion of the initial preparation for this sacrament (either in a Catholic school or in a parish) and of the immediate preparation provided by the parish for all First Communion candidates (e.g. enrolment of all candidates for First Eucharist and, where these exist, additional classes). (Norms for Sacramental Preparation, Archdiocese of Toronto, 76)

The Eucharistic Fast

The regulation for fasting is considered a means of spiritual preparation for receiving the Eucharist and a symbol of reverence for the sacrament. The Eucharistic Fast is limited to one hour before actually receiving the Eucharist. It pertains to all solid food and all drinks, except water. Taking medicine does not break the fast. The fast applies to priests who celebrate the Mass and to the faithful, regardless of what time of day the Mass is celebrated and Communion is received. Those who are sick, in hospitals - even if not confined to bed - and those caring for the sick, may receive communion even if they have taken food during the previous hour.

First Eucharist at Our Lady of Sorrows

The Sacraments of Initiation are significant milestones in the faith journeys of our young parishioners. The Archdiocese of Toronto notes that preparation for initiation is the shared responsibility of parents, the local Catholic school and or the parish community. To be eligible to receive a sacrament at Our Lady of Sorrows, participants and their families must fulfill three conditions:

  • they must be officially registered as parishioners of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish;
  • they must regularly attend Sunday Mass;
  • parents and children must participate in the relevant aspects of the program outlined below.

Please note: Registration at Our Lady of Sorrows School or past family history of sacraments received at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish do NOT constitute parish registration. If your family does not regularly attend Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows and/or is not officially registered with a parish, you are welcome to register with the parish at this time and begin attending regularly. You may register here. All other families should, at their earliest convenience, contact the parish nearest their home or the parish they regularly attend, for information on sacramental preparation.
  • First Eucharist Dates to Remember

    • Registration Weekend: Saturday, September 24, 2016 (after 5:15pm Mass) and Sunday, September 25, 2016
      • Volunteers will be available in the parish hall after all of the Masses to process registrations and collect fees.

    • Registration Deadline: Friday, October 14, 2016
      • All completed registration forms, baptismal certificates and fees are due in the church office.

    • First Communion Enrolment Weekend: October 22, 2016 and Sunday, October 23, 2016
      • This weekend’s homily will address parents and their children preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion.
      • Children will be called up after the homily to participate in a short ritual to mark the beginning of their journey.

    • Church Tour (for parents and children) – Grade 2
      • Choose ONE of the following tours to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, November 27, 2016 (2-3pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (7-8pm)
        At these sessions, Fr. Nino will lead children and their parents on a tour of the Church. Emphasis will be placed on objects, gestures and words relating to First Reconciliation and Communion.

    • First Communion Catechetical Sessions (for parents ONLY)
      • Choose ONE of the following information and instructional sessions to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, January 22, 2017 (2-3pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Thursday, January 26, 2017 (7-8pm)
        At these sessions, parish catechists will lead parents in a brief reflection on the sacrament of First Communion. Parish staff will be present to distribute the “We Share in the Eucharist” book for parent-child preparation.

    • Reflection Session on First Reconciliation and First Communion (for parents and children)
      • Choose ONE of the following reflection sessions to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, March 19,2017 (2-3pm, church and parish hall)
      • OR
      • (b) Thursday March 23, 2017 (7-8pm, church and parish hall)

    • First Communion Masses
      • First Communion Masses are scheduled for:
      • (a) Saturday April 22, 2017 at 10:30am
      • AND
      • (b) Saturday May 6, 2017 at 10:30am
      • AND
      • (c) Saturday May 13, 2017 at 10:30am
      • AND
      • (d) Saturday May 27 at 10:30am