The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. . . .The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. —CCC, nos. 1322 and 1325, citing Sacred Congregation of Rites, Instruction on the Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery (Eucharisticum Mysterium), no. 6
The origins of the Eucharist are found in the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his Apostles. “In order to leave them a pledge of this love, in order never to depart from his own and to make them sharers in his Passover, he instituted the Eucharist as the memorial of his death and Resurrection and commanded his apostles to celebrate it until his return;‘thereby he constituted them priests of the New Testament’” (CCC, no.1337, citing Council of Trent: DS 1740).
~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Having passed from this world to the Father, Christ gives us in the Eucharist the pledge of glory with him. Participation in the Holy Sacrifice identifies us with his Heart, sustains our strength along the pilgrimage of this life, makes us long for eternal life, and unites us even now to the Church in heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all the saints. --CCC, no. 1419.
Children celebrating the sacrament for the first time: Prior to celebrating the sacrament, the Diocese of Raleigh requires children to participate in two years of Religious Education as well as completion of parish Sacramental Preparation Sessions. Parents must be registered, supporting members of the parish. Contact the office for more information.