Sacrament of the Eucharist

“Jesus said to them, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. 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.” – John 6:52-56

Celebrating Eucharist

First Holy Communion“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us. 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.” (CCC 1323-24)

Preparation for First Eucharist: This is a wonderful and special time for children and their families. The community of St. Matthew is pleased and blessed to partner with families and guide them through this process. Children are prepared through the Religious Education program. Please contact Erin Stracener at 615-646-0378 or for more information about your child receiving his/her First Eucharist.

Dress Code:     
Boys:      Girls:
Dress slacks          White Dress 
White shirt     Veil 
Dark Jacket     White tights or socks 
Tie       Dress Shoes 
Dress Shoes    

Calendar of Events:

First Communion Practice:
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

First Communion:
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

For More Information:
Erin Stracener
Director of Religious Education