Holy Eucharist

I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.
— John 6:51

It is primarily the duty of parents and those who take the place of parents, as well as the duty of pastors, to take care that children who have reached the use of reason (seven years of age) are prepared properly and are refreshed with the divine food of the Eucharist as soon as possible.

Parents should bring their children to Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation, and even to daily Mass if possible, to integrate them into the Church’s Eucharistic life. The celebration of the seasons and feasts of the liturgical year is a primary means for gaining an understanding of the mystery of Christ, for the liturgical year “unfolds the entire mystery” and “completes the formation of the faithful.

Archdiocese of Washington, Liturgical Norms and Policies