The Eucharist

The Eucharist is the most august sacrament, in which Christ himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. The Eucharistic Sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries, is the summit and source of all Christian life and worship; it signifies and effects the unity of the people of God and achieves the building up of the Body of Christ.

As children reach the age of reason, generally around age seven, the Church extends to them an invitation to celebrate the sacrament of Eucharist. The initiation into the Christian community that took place at baptism is further extended by inviting children to enter fully into the heart of Christian faith through participation in the Eucharist.  First Reconciliation and First Communion are usually part of our 2nd grade class in the Religious Education Program.  Your child should be enrolled in the Religious Education program to participate.

For children new to Sacred Heart and St. Matthew Religious Ed program, please contact our Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Jodi Murphy for more information and to register for Religious Ed Classes. 

Adults wishing to receive their First Reconciliation and/or First Communion, please contact Fr. Justin Lopina for information, preparation classes, etc.


Please visit the Archdiocese of Milwaukee website for answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about the Eucharist here.