"What material food produces in our bodily life, Holy Communion wonderfully achieves in our spiritual life. Communion with the flesh of the risen Christ, a flesh "given life and giving life through the Holy Spirit," preserves, increases, and renews the life of grace received at Baptism. This growth in Christian life needs the nourishment of Eucharistic Communion, the bread for our pilgrimage until the moment of death, when it will be given to us as viaticum."
Sacramental preparation for First Holy Communion is a two-year preparation program. This program consists of a remote year and a proximate year. These years run consecutively. Typically the proximate year for First Holy Communion is second grade. The candidate must have been actively enrolled in CCD during the remote year