As Catholics, we believe that the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our faith

Eucharist is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation.  It is also called Holy Communion.  Here it is understood as the Eucharist received where as the Mass is the Eucharist celebrated.  We receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ under the appearance of bread and wine.  As we eat His Body and drink His Blood we become what we eat, more and more like Christ.  Sharing in the Eucharist is a sign of our unity as Catholic Christians.

Unlike the other Sacraments of Initiation which we can only receive once in a lifetime, we may receive Eucharist as often as once a day.  We are encouraged to receive Communion regularly so that we can continually be renewed and nourished spiritually.  Just as we feed our bodies to stay healthy so we should feed our spirits. 

1st Communion Preparation

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Preparation for the Sacraments of First Communion and Reconciliation usually take place in our second-grade Faith Formation classes. Families with older children who would like to prepare for the Sacraments are welcome as well. Please contact the Formation Office for more information.

The Sacrament Preparation process at St. Pius X Parish includes four primary areas:

  • Faith Formation Programs
  • Family Retreats
  • Parent’s Faith Growth
  • Follow-Up and Continued Support at Home

First Reconciliation service takes place during the Lenten Season, and the First Communions Mass is held during the Easter Season.

Sacraments Retreats 2021/2022

The three Sacraments retreats aim to both prepare the children to receive the Sacraments and to prepare the parents to guide children during this journey.  The retreat dates are as follows:

Sunday, October 10, 2021
Sunday, February 6, 2022
Sunday, March 13, 2022
  *First Reconciliation service Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 6:30pm