Parents ~ You are #1:
All of the current research supports this fact: you are the number one influence on your child’s faith formation, and in practicing the faith! They look to you for guidance and example as they grow to adulthood.
You brought your child to the Catholic Church to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, and “in doing so, you accepted the responsibility of training your child in the practice of the faith.” (Rite of Baptism)
Your parish helped you and your child prepare for First Penance. Now they are ready to help you prepare your child to receive his or her First Eucharist (or First Communion, as it’s commonly called).
What you have done, and will do, to nurture faith at home and in your parish is vitally important. Faithful attendance at Mass every week fosters familiarity with the movements, prayers and gestures of the Mass. Additionally, conversations about Jesus, reading Bible stories, and seeing you reverently receive the Eucharist will help your child prepare to receive First Eucharist.
The awe and reverence your child experiences the first time they receive Jesus in the Eucharist is a treasured gift!
“Parents are to be carefully instructed on the meaning and theology of the Most Holy Eucharist.” (DOR Policies, 2.2.2)