The Eucharist

A loving family and a caring parish community surround your child here at Nativity, both before and after reception of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. It is our hope and prayer that this sacrament continues to give affirmation to your child so that a continued celebration of the sacrament at Mass is encouraged, and a close relationship with God is fostered and developed.

Preparation for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion at Nativity  is a "freestanding" program and requires registration for both Parish and School families.  Call the Faith Formation Office 813.689.9101 for more information about how we prepare our families and children at Nativity for this important sacrament.


Choosing the “Rite” Clothes

Further details will be given with regard to appropriate and traditional dress as we get closer to the Celebration of First Eucharist. However, in choosing your child’s clothing, we invite you to consider the following pictures on this page from past First Communion Masses:

If it is true that every aspect of the liturgy carries meaning, then even the clothing we wear has meaning. Although the formality of dress for Sunday liturgy has declined in many communities, most adult Catholics are familiar with wearing our “Sunday best.” This is seen as a “faith statement.”

Guidelines for Reception of Communion |  Return to Top
For the benefit of visiting friends and families, the following guidelines are offered to help with decisions regarding the reception of Holy Communion.

For Catholics:

The National Conference of Catholic Bishops offers the following for practicing Catholics: “In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, communicants should not be conscious of grave sin, have fasted for an hour, and seek to live in charity and love with their neighbors. Persons conscious of grave (mortal) sin must first be reconciled with God and the Church through the Sacrament of Penance (Confession).

For our fellow Christians:

We welcome you to the celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. For all practical purposes, non-Catholics are excluded from reception of communion at a Catholic Church. The National Conference of Catholic Bishops says: “Reception of the Eucharist by Christians not fully united with us would imply a oneness which does not yet exist, and for which we must all pray.”

For those not receiving Communion:

Those unable to receive communion may simply remain seated while others go forward; or if you wish, you may come forward for a blessing. (If you come forward, please indicate that you wish to have a blessing by crossing your arms over your chest, hands on shoulders.) We ask that you be with us in prayer for the peace and unity of the human family.

For a deeper understanding of the sacrament of the Eucharist click here.





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Pam Emery
Director of Faith Formation-RE

May the peace and love of our Lord, Jesus Christ be with you and your families.

For your convenience, a variety of resource materials are available for you to borrow in our Faith Formation office and Parish library that may help give further insight into our Sacramental life.

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