St. Boniface Parish
a CONGREGATION OF FAITH
Regular Mass Attendance
Our weekly celebration of the Eucharist at Mass is at the very heart of our Catholic Faith. As Catholics we believe that when we receive the Eucharist we receive no less than the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As we prepare children for their First Eucharist we share with them the belief that Christ is present in the Eucharist and invites us to receive this precious gift of Himself every week.
Children who never or rarely attend Mass often feel lost when their catechists and peers enthusiastically discuss how much Jesus loves them and shows His love through the Eucharist. If for some reason your family does not already attend Mass weekly we encourage you to do so. Use the beginning of your child’s preparation for these sacraments as your inspiration to begin attending Mass regularly so your child can feel comfortable approaching the Eucharist.
Sacramental preparation is best understood in a larger context than religious education alone. Participation in the Sacraments is, after all, participation in the ongoing sacramental life of the church. We prepare young people not for once-in-a-lifetime sacramental moments but for a lifetime of being open to the grace of God.
The Diocese of Worcester encourages parish sacramental programs to be family centered, age appropriate and freestanding from the formal grade 1-10 religious education program (when applicable). It is assumed that preparation for specific sacraments will happen in the context of a commitment to life long faith formation.
Each of our sacramental preparation programs is designed for the children, and families of the entire parish faith community. These programs are equally well suited for students who attend the parish Religious Education Program and Catholic Schools.