First Eucharist Preparation

February 19, 2015

Dear Parents,

The Mountain Four Parishes will begin First Eucharist preparation Sunday, March 8th. Candidates for First Eucharist will be enrolled at the 9AM Mass at St. Joseph in Midland. After Mass there will be a parent information meeting and family catechesis on the Holy Eucharist. The following Saturday, March 14th, Fr. Ed will lead a “learning Mass” for all sacramental candidates and their families. These two events are required for Sacramental Preparation for First Holy Eucharist.

On Sunday, March 8th, candidates for First Eucharist will attend the 9AM Mass at St. Joseph. During this Mass, candidates and their families will be enrolled; the names of the sacramental candidates will be read and they will be asked to stand and be acknowledge by the congregation. This enrollment signifies that candidates and their families have begun sacramental preparation for First Holy Eucharist.

After Mass on Sunday, March 8th, sacramental candidates and their families will proceed downstairs for a parent information meeting and family catechesis on the Holy Eucharist. This meeting will last approximately two hours, from 10AM to 12. A short break will be included. This meeting is required. Books and schedules will be distributed at this meeting and teaching techniques will be reviewed.

The following Saturday, March 14, Fr. Ed will lead a “learning Mass” from 10AM to 11AM at St. Joseph in Midland. This Mass is required for sacramental candidates and a parent or guardian. Fr. Ed will go through the main parts of the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist (Mass) and explain what they mean and why this celebration is the key to the joy-filled Christian life. Feel free to invite others to attend this unique opportunity to learn more about the Mass and live a more joyful Christian life.

One last thing: as Catholics we are a Eucharistic people—that means we are a “thankful” people. Let your children know that you are thankful for them. Let your spouse know that you are thankful for him or her. Let your neighbors know that you are thankful for them. Pope Francis invites us to live a Christ-like life as missionaries of joy. The Eucharist which we receive at Mass every Sunday must be lived in our daily lives.

Yours Sincerely in Christ,

Sarah Sabo, Sacramental Coordinator for the Mountain Maryland Four Parishes

Joe Keating, Director of Religious Education in Allegany Northern Garrett Counties

Reverend Ed Hendricks, Pastor, Mountain Maryland Four Parishes