The Catholic Church celebrates the sacrament of Eucharist as the chief act of worship. The Eucharist was instituted by Jesus “in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages until He should come again, and so to entrust to His beloved Spouse, the Church, a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 47, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy). Through the preparation process, children in grade 2 or higher and their families deepen their understanding of this sacred mystery. Any parish child attending St. Thomas Aquinas Academy or Collaborative Elementary Religious Education is invited to participate after having one previous year of religious study and reception of Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Eucharist is celebrated with the communicants and their families during April or May. Visit www.southeastcatholic.org for more information.