First Eucharist Kit will enable many people with autism and other
special needs to participate fully in their faith.
“All baptized persons
with disabilities have a right to adequate catechesis and deserve the means to
develop a relationship with God.”
—National Directory for Catechesis, United States Conference of Catholic
First Eucharist Kit for individuals with autism or other special needs
includes eight pieces:
- My Picture Missal Flip Book and Mass
Picture Cards are for use at Mass. They help the individual
maintain focus and actively participate in the Mass.
- Bless Yourself Matching
Puzzle helps the individual
learn how to make the Sign of the Cross. This activity can be paired with
parent or catechist modeling so it becomes a gross motor imitation task.
- Who Is Jesus? Instructional
Story introduces the individual
to Jesus as the Son of God and relates God’s family to the individual’s
- Communion Is Not the Same as Food Matching Puzzle helps the individual distinguish between the
Eucharist and ordinary food.
- How to Receive Communion Matching Puzzle shows all the steps of receiving Communion
reverently, providing a guide for the individual to practice. This
learning tool may be taught with sequencing or modeling.
- I Receive Communion Picture Book reinforces
the reverence and proper steps of receiving Communion.
- Helper Guide includes
tips on how to use the kit.
- A backpack so the individual can
transport the items from home, faith formation sessions, and Mass.