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Criteria for Readiness

CRITERIA FOR READINESS - EUCHARIST

1. PHYSICAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL READINESS

a. Willingness to receive the sacrament; involves a desire on the child's part
to prepare for and receive with a reverence appropriate to his/her age.

b. Able to attentively participate in Mass; having the capacity to be attentive and reverent
to a minimal degree and participate in the Liturgy according to her/his ability.

2. CATECHETICAL READINESS

a. Able to understand church affiliation; aware of one's affiliation with the
Church through Baptism.

b. Able to relate to Jesus as one who loves and cares for us; having the capacity
to know and reflect on the Gospel stories of Jesus as one who loves and
cares for us and invites our friendship; emphasis on the sharing of a meal (e.g.
feeding the 5000, Living Bread, Vine and the Branches, etc.)

c. Able to distinguish between ordinary bread and the Eucharist; to know the difference
between ordinary bread and the Eucharistic Bread; recognize the Mass as the event
in which we receive the gift of Jesus. Jesus comes to us in both Word and
Sacrament.

3. LITURGICAL READINESS

a. Attends the Eucharistic Liturgy (MASS) regularly; has a familiarity with
the parish community celebration and participates in the Mass.

b. Able to participate in the Eucharist; ability to participate in the liturgy and
understand the requirements of receiving the sacrament (e.g., simple responses,
reverence according to age/ability, Eucharistic fast, etc.)

N.B. The above criteria is taken from "Signs of God's Love", which contains the Archdiocesan guidelines for Holy Communion.