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 23, 2017 (after 5:15pm Mass) and Sunday, September 24, 2017
      • Volunteers will be available in the parish hall after all of the Masses to process registrations and collect the $20 book fee.
      • Please bring a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate to submit with registration.

    • Registration Deadline (First Eucharist): Saturday, September 30, 2017
      • All completed registration forms, baptismal certificate copies and fees are due in the church office.
    • Introductory Meeting (parents only): Saturday, September 30, 2017
      • Parents will be introduced to the program and provided with additional information on the contents of upcoming sessions and use of the resources. Takes place in the parish hall.

        Choose ONE of the following sessions to attend:

        Sunday, October 1, 2017 (2:30-3:15pm) OR Monday, October 2, 2017 (6:30-7:15pm)

    • First Eucharist Enrolment Weekend: Saturday, October 14, 2017 and Sunday, October 15, 2017
      • This takes place during all Masses. 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)
      • Choose ONE of the following tours to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, October 22, 2017 (2:30-3:15pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Tuesday, October 23, 2017 (6:30-7:15pm)
      • 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. The two books upon which our programme is founded, “We Prepare for Reconciliation” and “We Share in the Eucharist”, will be distributed.
    • Reconciliation Session 1
      • Choose ONE of the following sessions to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, November 12, 2017 (2:30-3:15pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Monday, November 13, 2017 (6:30-7:15pm)
      • Takes place in the parish hall. More details will have been provided at the introductory meeting in early October.
    • Support and Discussion Session (for parents only)
      • Choose ONE of the following sessions to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, December 10, 2017 (2:30-3:15pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Monday, December 11, 2017 (6:30-7:15pm)
      • Takes place in the parish hall.
    • Reconciliation Session 2
      • Choose ONE of the following sessions to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, January 21, 2018 (2:30-3:15pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Monday, January 22, 2018 (6:30-7:15pm)
      • Takes place in the parish hall. More details will have been provided at the introductory meeting in early October.
    • First Eucharist Session 1 (children only):
      • Choose ONE of the following sessions to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, February 25, 2018 (2:30-3:15pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Monday, February 26, 2018 (6:30-7:15pm)
      • Takes place in the parish hall. More details will have been provided at the introductory meeting in early October.
    • First Eucharist Session 2 (children only):
      • Choose ONE of the following sessions to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, March 18, 2018 (2:30-3:15pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Monday, March 19, 2018 (6:30-7:15pm)
      • Takes place in the parish hall. More details will have been provided at the introductory meeting in early October.
    • Celebration of First Reconciliation
      • Candidates may make their first reconciliation during All Day Lenten Confessions (date TBA) or on any Saturday between 4-5pm (except  Saturday, March 31st). More details will be provided at the First Reconciliation Catechetical Session.