Everyday, at the 140 parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha, many of us receive Holy Communion at Mass. This Celebration of the Eucharist – breaking of the bread – is a reminder of our Lord’s Last Supper. It’s our chance to participate in Jesus’s passion, death on the cross, and resurrection that ultimately saves us from sin. This spiritual food for our souls gives us Jesus’ grace to help us grow to be like Him. Receiving the Eucharist also connects us as Catholics. Just as Jesus gave Himself to us, He unites all Catholics as a community when we share in the Body of Christ.
Preparation for First Holy Communion starts at your local parish usually when children are in second grade. Adults receiving Communion for the first time typically do so when they are baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA).