Sacrament of the Eucharist

The Sacrament of the Eucharist has its origin at the Last Supper when on the
night Jesus was betrayed, He 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 comes again. In this Sacrament, Jesus entrusts to His Church a
memorial of His death and Resurrection, the Sacrament of Love, a Sign of Unity,
and a Bond of Charity, in which Christ is consumed, and our minds are filled with
grace and a pledge of future glory. The Eucharist is the sum and summary of our
faith through the actions of the Holy Spirit and the Real Presence of Jesus; His
Body and Blood become present under the form of bread and wine. It is through
the Eucharist that each of us are nourished by Jesus to seek God’s Will. (CCC
1323, 1327)

Children are generally prepared to receive their first Holy Communion when they
reach the second grade. They are prepared through a special program and must
already be attending religious education classes or attending Catholic grade
school.

The Blessed Sacrament may be brought to anyone unable to attend Mass, due to
health problems. Please contact the parish office.

Eucharistic Adoration is offered every Thursday from 8:30am-5pm. Catholics are
encouraged to spend time with the Lord in this meaningful way.

As regulated by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Church states:

For Catholics: Catholics fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when
they receive Holy Communion in fulfillment of Christ’s command to eat His Body
and drink His Blood. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion,
communicants should not be conscious of grave sin, have fasted for one hour,
and seek to live in charity and love with their neighbors. Persons conscious of
grave sin must first be reconciled with God and the Church through the Sacrament
of Reconciliation. A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is
encouraged for all.

For other Christians: We welcome to the celebration of the Eucharist those
Christians who are not fully united with us. It is a consequence of the sad division
in Christianity that we cannot extend to them a general invitation to receive
Communion. Catholics believe that the Eucharist is an action of the celebrating
community signifying a oneness in faith, life, and worship of the community.
Reception of the Eucharist by Christians not fully united with us would imply a
oneness which does not exist, and for which we must all pray.

For those not Receiving Communion: Those not receiving Communion are
encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord
Jesus and with one another.
•        We also welcome to our Church those who do not share our faith in Jesus.
While we cannot extend to them an invitation to receive Communion, we do invite
them to be united with us in prayer.
•        Ordinarily speaking, Catholics may receive Holy Communion any time they
attend Mass, even if it is more than once a day.
•        Catholics should not receive Holy Communion in a non-Catholic Church.
•        If you have any questions, please contact the pastor.