What is the Holy Eucharist?
Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist make up the three sacraments of initiation. They are considered the foundation of the Christian life. At Confirmation, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit and we receive in abundance the gifts of the Holy Spirit which we first received at Baptism. The Holy Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our Faith and the way in which we most closely unite ourselves to God.
In the Diocese of Phoenix, we have Restored Order for receiving the Sacraments of Initiation. This means that children generally receive Confirmation and First Holy Eucharist together in third grade.
At Saint Bernadette, children enroll in Family Catechesis and Sacrament Preparation to prepare to receive Confirmation and First Holy Eucharist. Children must have received a minimum of one year of formation prior to the year they prepare for these sacraments.
This year we will continue our Family Catechetical approach to the Religious Education program where the entire family is formed. Sacramental Preparation classes will be offered on Sunday mornings between Masses, and Junior High Youth Ministry meetings will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:15pm. Starting in January 2023 we will begin monthly Family Formation meetings where the entire family is encouraged to attend and participate. Final preparations and the reception of Sacraments will be in May 2023.
Any adult ages 19+ are invited to participate in a special formation series to prepare them to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
If you are an adult who desires to be Confirmed, please contact Shirley Smalley at 480-905-4434 for an initial interview.
"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. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me."
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