At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ's Body and Blood. Faithful to the Lord's command, the Church continues to do, in his memory and until his glorious return, what he did on the eve of his Passion: 'He took bread...' and 'He took the cup filled with wine...' The signs of bread and wine become, in a way surpassing understanding, the Body and Blood of Christ." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1333)
I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. – John 6:51
If students have previously been baptized, First Communion is celebrated when children are in the second grade and after they have completed a period of preparation. First Communion classes are scheduled in January or in the Fall. The date and time are usually announced two months prior to the beginning of the class.
Children (previously baptized) who did not celebrate their First Communion with their second grade class can do so after a period of preparation as scheduled by the Sacramental Coordinator and/or priest.
Adults going through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) celebrate their First Communion during the Easter Vigil liturgy.
Before one receives Holy Communion, it is appropriate to bow before the Sacred Host or Chalice, because the bread and wine have truly become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
After the priest or minister says, "The Body of Christ" or "The Blood of Christ," we respond, "Amen." We may receive the Body of Christ on the tongue or in the hand, consuming it immediately. The Blood of Christ we drink, holding the chalice reverently and returning it to the priest or minister.