The true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, who is really and substantially present under the appearances of bread and wine, in order to offer himself in the sacrifice of the Mass and to be received as spiritual food in Holy Communion. It is called Eucharist, or "thanksgiving," because at its institution at the Last Supper Christ "gave thanks," and by this fact it is the supreme object and act of Christian gratitude to God.
It is policy in the Diocese of Syracuse that children who are to be registered in First Sacrament Preparation (First Reconciliation and First Eucharist) must have attended Faith Formation Classes at least one year prior to their registration.* This will ensure that the children have a good foundation to begin their preparation for the Sacraments. To register for this program, please visit the Faith Formation page on our website, or contact the Faith Formation Office at 315-635-5762, ext. 110.
*Students who attend a Catholic school are exempt from being in the program one year prior to registering for the sacrament and are not required to attend weekly classes for Faith Formation, however they are required to attend the 5 sacrament prep workshops throughout the year.
For Parents: Preparing Your Child for First Holy Communion