What is the Sacrament of the Eucharist?

The Sacrament of Eucharist is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation. The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word eucharista, which means “thankfulness.”   Eucharist is the sacrament in which the true Body and Blood of Christ, who is truly and substantially present under the appearance of bread and wine is received in holy Communion.

“Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.”  
– Luke 22:19

Preparing Children for the Celebration of First Holy Communion

Preparation for First Holy Communion at the Parish of Saint Patrick is a two-year process. The first year of preparation (Eucharist I) is a family based model where children and parent(s) will learn together at home and will periodically come to the parish for Family Sessions to learn and share about the faith. The second year of preparation (Eucharist II) is an in-person classroom model where children will attend weekly classes at the parish to directly prepare them for the reception of First Holy Communion.

Students typically begin preparation for First Holy Communion in the first grade and typically receive the sacrament in the spring of second grade.

For more information or to register in the Religious Education Program please call 631-665-4914.

Older children who have not received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion will be ministered to on an individual basis. Please contact the Religious Education Office if your child is in fifth grade or older and has not received this Sacrament so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

Arranging Communion for the Home Bound

Please contact the Rectory Office to arrange for a Eucharistic Minister to bring Communion to those who are homebound.