Eucharist: The Sublime Mystery of God’s Love

It is a sign and the basis of our union with the Holy Trinity

It is a source of unity among all the people of God (the body of Christ on earth)

It unites us to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to God


Through this gift, the Lord continues to pour out his saving graces on the members of his body, the Church and we thank Him for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word “eucharistia”, which means thanksgiving. The Eucharistic Sacrifice praises and thanks the Father for all God’s countless gifts of creation and the gift of salvation. The Eucharist makes present Christ’s sacrifice, memorializing and applying its fruits to the members of Christ’s body. The Eucharist celebrates the presence of Christ by the power of his word and his spirit.

The St. James Religious Education program and St. James School provide formation for our children preparing for the Sacrament of Eucharist. Parents are also included in formation opportunities that enable them to share the journey to the Sacrament with their children.

To receive the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time, the child must attend the two year formation program, which typically begins in 1st grade.The child will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time prior to First Eucharist. Our students and their families will participate in this Sacrament after formation classes and activities.


For more information, you may contact the Religious Education Office by phone 630-858-5646 or St. James the Apostle School at 630-469-8060 during business hours or you may send an inquiry email by, and we will contact you with further information.