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.


First Communion Preparation

In preparation for your child's First Communion, parents are asked to attend sessions preparing them for instructing their children for reception of Holy Communion. These sessions are held each winter, as announced in the parish bulletin. Please note that children must be prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and celebrate reconciliation before celebrating their first communion. 

First Communion: Preparation for Children

For those not attending our parish elementary school, St. Regis' School of Religion (SOR) provides education in the Catholic faith and sacramental preparation for grades 1-8.

To inquire more about our SOR please call our parish offices 816-761-1608 or email

First Communion: Preparation of Adults

Many Catholic adults have not yet received their First Communion or Confirmation. This may be for any number of reasons. Whatever the reason may be, it is our mission to help! Please visit the RCIA page for more information about how to get started.


Bishop Barron on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of the Eucharist as Meal