IHM Hosts First Holy Communion Ceremony
Children of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church made their First Holy Communion this weekend during special ceremonies attended by the congregation, family and friends.
First Holy Communion is considered one of the holiest and most important occasions in a Roman Catholic person’s life. It is the first time that a person receives the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, which is the eating of consecrated bread and drinking of consecrated wine. Most Catholic children receive their First Holy Communion when they are 7 or 8 years old as this is considered the age of reason.
Along with the Sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation, First Holy Communion is one of the three sacraments of initiation. It is through these sacraments of initiation that people become full members of the Church.
They receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time during the First Holy Communion. The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity that are truly present in the consecrated host and wine (now called the Body and Blood of Christ) on the altar.
For Catholics, there is nothing greater than to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass.