Eucharist (First Communion)

The Eucharist is the very Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Lord Jesus, which He instituted to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until His return in glory. He gave this memorial of His death and Resurrection to us, as disciples in the Church. When we receive the Eucharist in Holy Communion, we unite ourselves to all followers of Christ throughout the world. The Eucharist is a sign of communion, a bond of charity, and a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.

Our children at St. Magdalen’s are taught that, through the Eucharist, they can meet Jesus in an intimate way any time they participate in the Mass. Through full, active, and conscious partaking of the Mass, we, like the bread and wine, can be transformed into the Body of Christ in the world today.

Our children are generally prepared to receive their first Holy Communion when they reach the second grade through a special program, and must already be attending religious education classes or attending Catholic grade school.

To learn more about receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion, please contact Carmela Kinney at (908) 751-1723, or