The Eucharist, or Holy Communion, is one of the Sacraments of Initiation. In this sacrament, we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and join into full communion with our brothers and sisters in the Church.
Usually, children begin to prepare to receive this sacrament for the first time when they start school, at about age 6, but anyone of any age who has been baptized can prepare for and begin to share in this sacrament. Please contact us for more info.
Making a Spiritual Communion
If we cannot receive Holy Communion physically, either because we cannot make it to Mass or because we need to go to Confession first, we can pray an Act of Spiritual Communion, in which we express our desire to be united with Christ and ask Him to come into our soul. A spiritual communion is not sacramental, but prayed devoutly, it can be a source of grace that can strengthen us until we can receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion once again.
This prayer, or something similar, can be used for a spiritual communion:
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.