First Holy Communion

The Alive-O progarmme and the Eucharist

Catechesis on the Eucharist is not confined to the specific lessons on the Eucharist.  Throughout the year, the focus is on developing in the children attitudes which will help them to participate consciously in the celebration:

  • an ability to work with symbol and to take part in ritual
  • a sense of being with others
  • a sense of coming together with others
  • listening to the Word of God
  • a sense of gratitude and thanksgiving
  • a sense of the meaning of celebration
  • an ability to reflect on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • a desire to be a follower of Jesus
  • a sense of God's presence in sign and in sacrament

 

Term 3 of Alive-O 4 focuses on the following fundamental aspects of the Eucharist:

  • the Christian community gathers together
  • listening to the Word of God
  • remembering Jesus’ love for us
  • giving thanks
  • celebrating the forgiveness of God our Father
  • sharing in the Bread of Life
  • going in peace to be like Jesus

 

 The Christian community gathers together (Alive-O 4: Term 3, Lesson 2)
We come together to celebrate the Eucharist in response to Jesus’ invitation to ‘Do this in memory of me’. Sunday is our special day of celebration as the day on which the resurrection occurred. The story of the Passover is told in this lesson, building the foundation for the Eucharist.

 

Listening to the Word of God (Alive-O 4: Term 3, Lesson 3)
The children hear many scripture stories throughout the year. They learn that these stories inspire us to live as a Christian community as followers of Jesus. We hear the same stories when we come together to celebrate the Eucharist in the Liturgy of the Word.

Remembering Jesus’ love for us (Alive-O 4: Term 3, Lesson 4)
When we celebrate the Eucharist, we remember the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We offer ourselves to Him in the sacrifice of the Eucharist.

Giving thanks (Alive-O 4: Term 3, Lesson 5)
The Eucharist is a prayer of thanks, to God, for the sacrifice which Jesus made for us.

Celebrating the forgiveness of God our Father (Alive-O 4: Term 3, Lesson 5)
The Eucharist reconciles us with God. Opportunities to seek reconciliation occur in the penitential rite, the consecration, the Our Father and at the sign of peace.

Sharing in Jesus, Bread of Life (Alive-O 4: Term 3, Lesson 6)
Jesus shared a special meal with His friends at the Last Supper. It was a sign of friendship and love. Jesus makes Himself present and available to us in the form of bread and wine.

 Going in peace to be like Jesus (Alive-O 4: Term 3, Lesson 7)
The Risen Jesus is present with us and in us as we leave the celebration of the Eucharist. We are sent out to ‘Go in peace to love and serve the Lord’ and to live our lives as Jesus asks us to.

There are lessons on the Eucharist in each year, which guide the children into a deeper understanding of the Eucharist in an age appropriate manner, and one which is progressively challenging. These lessons occur in the third term following the Easter story from Alive-O 5 onwards.