Throughout history, God has prepared His people to receive the gift of Christ in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is foreshadowed in Old Testament Scripture and is made explicit in the Gospels and epistles of the New Testament. We are united with Jesus as he gives himself to us as food and drink, and are reminded of his ultimate gift when he gave up his life for us for the forgiveness of our sins. We are called to grow with Christ, becoming transformed more into his likeness as we live as the “Body of Christ”.
First Eucharist is the second Sacrament of Initiation within our Catholic Faith. First Eucharist is typically celebrated between the second and fourth grades, most often in grade two, when children are 7 or 8 years old. At St. Andrew by the Bay, we have two Parent Meetings for those families interested in this sacrament for their child(ren). These occur in January and February, and the dates with times are published in our annual Parent Manual (given out at the Parent Orientation in September) and also in our weekly parish bulletin. For more information, please email Jen Minor, Coordinator of Religious Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 410-974-4366.