“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 it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.’ ‘The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit.’ Finally, by the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all. In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: ‘Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.’” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, para. 1324-1327
First Holy Communion at Sacred Heart of Jesus
Children participating in the Sacred Heart of Jesus religious education/faith formation program begin preparation for receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist in third grade.
For more information, please visit our Religious Education page.
The Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church follows the Archdiocese of Denver restored order of the sacraments. During this two-year program, children prepare for First Reconciliation in second grade and for Confirmation and First Holy Communion in third grade.
The Sacraments of Initiation are originally intended to be received in this order: Baptism, Confirmation and then Holy Eucharist. The sacrament that fully initiates a person into the Catholic Church is Holy Eucharist (First Communion).
To watch a video about the restored order and to read the Pastoral Letter “Saints Among Us” from Archbishop Aquila, please visit www.Archden.org/Saints.