Sacraments of Initiation


Sacrament of Eucharist

Eucharist (or Communion) is one of our sacraments of initiation. Eucharist refers to Christ’s body and blood, truly present in the consecrated host and wine (now called the Body and Blood of Christ). The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith through the actions of the Holy Spirit and the Real Presence of Jesus; His Body and Blood become present under the form of bread and wine. It is through the Eucharist that each of us are nourished by Jesus to seek God’s Will.
If your child is in second grade or a little older and you want them to receive communion, please contact the Office of Faith Formation. We want to continue to assist you in raising your child in the faith. Below are some of the basic requirements to have your child receive First Holy Communion:
At a minimum your child must:
  • Be baptized in the Catholic Church or another Christian denomination recognized by the Catholic Church. They must have been baptized with water and “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
  • Have received at least one year of religious education instruction.
  • Have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Instruction for this sacrament takes place at the same time as instruction for First Holy Communion.

Separate programming is available for older children who need to “catch up” as well as children with special needs.

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St. Mary’s Parish, a Catholic congregation served by the Redemptorist Order, includes St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Mission Church. St. Mary's Elementary and High School located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, serve students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition, and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.