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St. Patrick Catholic Church
First Eucharist

"While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, "Take and eat; this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins..."

Matthew 26:26-28

First Eucharist for Young Children

Children usually celebrate their First Eucharist in the spring of their 2nd grade year of school after they have participated in formal Faith Formation classes. Faith formation classes are held in the parish Religious Education Program, or if they attend LaSalle Catholic Schools, their formation will take place at the school. Formation is critical in helping children understand how this is a continuation of their baptismal promises and how we live in and through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist.

A child must be in formal Faith Formation classes (Religious Education) or attend LaSalle Catholic Schools for at least one (1) year prior to celebrating the sacrament of First Eucharist.

Regardless of where formation classes are taken, First Eucharist is celebrated within the parish.

Parent Meeting

Parents will be required to attend a meeting prior to their children celebrating First Eucharist so the parish faith formation coordinator can assist them with helping their child understand the sacrament. Contact Geralyn Ward ( for more information.

Parent/Child Retreat

A parent/child retreat is held prior to the celebration of First Eucharist. This retreat allows parents and children to deepen their understanding of the Sacrament. Attendance by child and one parent is mandatory. Contact Geralyn Ward ( for more information.

First Eucharist for Adults

Prior to the celebration of First Eucharist for Adults, formation through RCIA is requried. Adults usually celebrate their First Eucharist during the Easter Vigil. Contact Geralyn Ward ( for more information.

For more information
on First Eucharist for Children

Geralyn Ward

director of religious education

120 Fifth Street NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405