EUCHARIST

"For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in Him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds in me will have life because of me."

- John 6:55-57

The Eucharist is the most important thing in the entire Christian life because it is Jesus himself.  Many Christians today speak of “having a relationship” with Jesus, and we couldn’t agree more; Jesus loves us so much he actually desires to live physically inside us through this sacrament.  As our Lord says himself:  “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is food indeed and my blood is drink indeed.  He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him.” (John 6:53-56)

The New Testament abounds with references to the Eucharist; indeed the body of Christ under the appearance of bread and wine has been the center of Christianity from the earliest days of the nascent church.

If you’d like to learn more about the Eucharist and why Catholics believe what they do, please check out our RCIA class.

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.” CCC 1323-1327 

Preparing for the Sacrament of Holy Communion

In Holy Communion, prepare to meet the Lord Jesus in this special sacrament. The Rite of Holy Communion celebrates the second step toward full initiation into the Church. First Holy Communion is most often celebrated around the age of seven or eight, when the children are of the age of reason and are capable of participating in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church. For First Holy Communion, you must go to the sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving Holy Communion. The Eucharist is a gift that takes a whole life time to understand; it is a gift that requires a response from us, that is why we must take care that our children are well prepared.

At your child’s Baptism you, the parents, were told that you “would be the first and best teachers of your children in the way of faith”. Parental involvement in the preparation of your child for First Holy Communion is paramount. The parish ‘helps’, but does not replace your part in the process of leading your children in the development of their faith, through the development and example of your own life. The best preparation for the Eucharist is taking your child to Mass regularly and helping your child understand what it is all about.

EUCHARIST AT RISEN CHRIST

Risen Christ Catholic Parish has fully adopted the Restored Order of Sacraments, meaning all 2nd graders will prepare for their First Reconciliation (Confession) in the spring of 2019. Our 3rd graders will prepare in class and receive Confirmation and First Holy Communion in a single Mass in the spring of 2019. Students in 4th through 12th grades who have not been confirmed and/or have not received their First Eucharist will also celebrate their sacraments at that spring Mass. We’ll announce the date as soon as we know it so you can plan!

All students preparing for Confirmation and First Holy Communion and their parents are required to attend sacramental preparation workshops on the following dates:

Kick-Off Mass & Dinner: Understanding Restored Order  |  Wednesday, October 11, 2018  5:30-7:40pm
Understanding Confirmation  |  Sunday, November 11, 2018  |  12:00-2:00pm
Understanding First Communion  |  Wednesday, January 16, 2019  |  6:00-7:40pm
Religious Education Reconciliation Thursday, April 25, 2019  |  4:00-6:00 pm,  several priests will be available to hear Confessions

Finally, all Confirmandi, their parents, and their sponsors are required to attend a Confirmation Rehearsal. Dates will be announced soon, so please check your email or refer back here!

  • Risen Christ Sacramental Preparation Registration 2018-2019

Contact person for Confirmation/Restored Order candidates:

Christine Fritschen

The Restored Order

The Archdiocese of Denver is in the process of restoring the order of the Sacraments of Initiation. These three sacraments are originally intended to be received in this order: Baptism, Confirmation 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 below.

The Restored Order

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