The Church fulfills the command of the Lord to “feed my sheep” most vividly in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The celebration of the Lord‟s Day each Sunday brings the Body and Blood of Christ as pure gift in Holy Communion. Receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time is the initial step in lifelong strengthening of faith, begun when the gift of Baptism was received. United in love, Eucharist enables the human family to continually draw closer in love. It is our calling to impress upon our young people the personal concern and love that God has for us. The parish community, as well as their family and friends, are to help them by word and example to grow and become witnesses of the Gospel.
Children's preparation for the first reception of the Eucharist begins in the home. The family has the most important role in communicating the Christian and human values that form the foundation for a child's understanding of the Eucharist. Children who participate with their family in the Mass experience the Eucharistic mystery in an initial way and gradually learn to join with the liturgical assembly in prayer. (NDC 3a)
The Diocese of Dallas, in union with the whole Church, wishes to help our young people and their families to treasure the Sacrament of he Holy Eucharist as an integral part of their lives. It is the purpose of these guidelines to assist each pastor and parish in their particular needs.
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