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Celebration of Solemn Communion 2020

The Catechists of St. Catherine’s are offering a Celebration of Solemn Communion, starting on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Children in grades 1 through 5 are invited to participate in this journey to intentionally prepare for and mindfully participate in the Holy Eucharist.

The Episcopal Church believes that Holy Baptism is the “full initiation ... into Christ’s Body the Church.” In practical terms this means that all baptized people are welcome to receive the Sacrament of the Body and the Blood of Christ. Many children are baptized as infants. This means that many children do not ever remember a time in which they were not welcome to receive communion. This gives us the opportunity to teach them about the Eucharist when they are mature enough to enter into such formation, thus, Solemn Communion.

Jesus often rebuked his disciples when they discounted children. It is through their hearts and words that we as adults are often given the grace of insight into the Church, in general, and in the Sacrament, in particular. The children understand the presence of Jesus in the body and blood in ways tha