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The Sacrament of the Eucharist

The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.

At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1322 & 1323

See Mass Times under the Liturgy tab for the Mass schedule at St. Joseph Church.

Children may begin to prepare for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in the Second Grade or above if they have appropriate documentation of attendance to the Parish School of Religion at St. Joseph Parish or another Catholic parish.  As part of a re-alignment to the Sacramental Preparation policies of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, St. Joseph Parish implemented a new program for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist preparation during the 2014-2015 school year to great success. Instead of our catechists teaching students in the traditional classroom setting during Parish School of Religion, in-class preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist will once again consist of ONE parent meeting during Parish School of Religion for each sacrament as well as TWO retreat days from 10 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays for BOTH parents and students. Attendance at these meetings and retreat days is mandatory for both the students and parents as activities will be offered for the whole family. It must be noted that most of the preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist will be completed at home with parents facilitating instruction. The retreat days are meant to check-in on your child’s progress, answer any questions parents may have, and do hands-on activities to make keepsakes of these important milestones in your child’s sacramental life.  

Please contact Timothy Barr in the parish office to begin your child's journey towards this precious gift.

Phone: 301-797-9445  Email: Timothy.Barr@archbalt.org

Holy Eucharist