Holy Eucharist is the sacrament in which Jesus Christ gives his Body and Blood (his very own self) for us so that we too might give ourselves to him in love and be united with him in Holy Communion. In this way, we are joined with the one body of Christ, the Church (c.f. CCC, 1322; 1324; 1409; 1413).
Children 7 years of age or older may prepare to celebrate Reconciliation and Eucharist. The preparation is a partnership of home, church and school. For us at the Basilica this preparation takes place within the context of Catechism School which meets alternate Sundays from September to June at 9:00am to 10:15am, allowing for participation in Mass at 10:30am.