First Eucharist Parent/Child Retreat

Welcome!

Our First Eucharist Parent/Child Retreat activities are listed below. You can do them all in one day, or space them out over time! Make sure to take breaks and keep it fun!

We’ll begin with prayer. Bold words should be read aloud by parent or child, or both together. Remember, the words “Eucharist” and “Communion” are used interchangeably, and are all talking about the Sacrament of Initiation where we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus.

Paperwork

  • If you haven’t already, please fill out the google form with information for parish record-keeping:    https://forms.gle/q5AuzazVJx3FBGRi6
  • There are five choices of where and when to celebrate First Eucharist. Sign up for your preference here: https://signup.com/go/fHtBUPq You can choose to delay First Communion due to covid concerns. Please let me know if you would like this option for your family by sending me an email.
  • Please fill out the form at the end of this page so that I know you’ve engaged these activities.

Items needed:

Note: Needed worksheets were included in the First Eucharist home packets. Links to the worksheets are included in case these were misplaced.

Activity OneSomething special to you, either an object or a picture, something you’d never throw away
Activity TwoPencil or marker.Church Tour Worksheet
Optional: Church Tour Guide Script
Activity ThreeOptional: small cereal or crackers to use while practicing how to receive the consecrated host. A cup or “chalice” for practicing receiving the consecrated wine. OR, Use your imagination!
Activity FourMy Mass Book
Activity FiveMarkers or crayons, pencil.Paper Quilt Worksheets

Opening Prayer

We begin our prayer in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

A reading from the gospel of Matthew:

Together discuss:

  • Who in the story needed help?  Who helped the person in need?
  • What did he or she do to serve others?
  • What do you think happened then?

In the story of the multiplication of the loaves, a small child shared all he had.  Jesus took the gift.  He Gave thanks.  He blessed it and broke it.  And thousands were fed.

We are still being fed by bread that is blessed and broken.  When we gather for Mass, we come to the Eucharist to receive Jesus Christ under the form of bread and wine.  And then, after we have been fed, we are told to “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.”  We serve the Lord by serving those around us, by helping people in need.   

Lord Jesus, be with us today as we learn more about how you transform us into your helpers when we receive you in the Eucharist. Amen.

Activity One: Do This In Memory of Me

In the gospels Jesus says, “do this in memory of me” when he’s talking about the Eucharist.  The objects we described are things that we would always keep special because of the way they remind us about the goodness in the world, of a friend, or of a family member. 

Watch the Bible Story:

We would never throw away our objects because they help us to remember, not only in our minds, but in our emotions and our bodies, the person or special event they’re connected to.  The Eucharist is like this for us, we remember Jesus by receiving Jesus in the Eucharist.  We remember that Jesus called us to live like him, and even become him, when we remember and celebrate the Eucharist.

Activity Two: Touring the Church

This activity loses much in (digital) translation. Consider also walking through your church with your child before or after Mass, you can use the Church Tour Guide Script as a guide. Watch both videos, the first is a general tour of the church and the second is a tour of the sacristy. Fill out the worksheet as you watch, or at the end as a review!

Worksheet Answers (select over white text below to see them):

1. Sacristy, 2. Alb, 3. Chasuble, 4. Stole, 5. Sacramentary, 6. Ciborium, 7. Chalice, 8. Cruets, 9. Corporal, 10. Lectionary, 11. Lectern (or Ambo), 12. Tabernacle, 13. Presider’s chair, 14. Altar.

Learning about the Church

Learning About the Sacristy

Activity Three: Practice Receiving

Watch the video about how to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, then practice using your imagination to imagine a host or using crackers/cereal.

This video doesn’t show how to receive the precious blood, because we are not using a common cup right now. You can still practice receiving from the cup at home. Bow before the cup minister, greeting Jesus, then put both hands forward to receive the cup, take a small sip and hand the cup back.

Activity Four: Reviewing Mass Responses

Watch the video to learn about the game. You may choose to fill out some of the activities in your Mass Book while you play this game.

Click the image, or here to open the game!

Activity Five: First Eucharist Video and Quilt

  1. Watch the video story about First Communion.
  2. Fill in the boxes on your paper quilt. Color the pages. You may choose to tape them together and hang them somewhere in your home. Email a picture of your completed quit to Lisa, to be included in a special First Communion video tribute on our website!

Closing Prayer

We begin our prayer in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Listen to the song, and sing along!

GENTLE JESUS, RISEN LORD, WE COME TO YOUR TABLE. WITH OUR HEARTS SO FULL OF JOY, WE COME TO YOUR TABLE.

WE COME, WE COME, WE COME TO YOUR TABLE. WE COME, WE COME, WE COME TO YOUR TABLE.

BRINGING GIFTS OF ALL WE ARE, WE COME TO YOUR TABLE. GIFTS OF LIFE AND LOVE AND JOY, WE COME TO YOUR TABLE.

IN YOUR BODY WE FIND LIFE, WE COME TO YOUR TABLE. LIFE YOU GAVE FOR US TO SHARE, WE COME TO YOUR TABLE,

IN YOUR BODY WE ARE ONE, WE COME TO YOUR TABLE. ONE WITH YOU AND ONE ANOTHER, WE COME TO YOUR TABLE.

Share one thing you learned today, then pray together:

Lord Jesus, help us to grow closer to you.  Help us to know you through the Eucharist.  Help us to live more like you.  Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Let me know about your experience! Fill out my form to let me know you “attended” this Retreat! There’s space on the form to ask any questions you may have.

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