THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST
The Sacrament of the Eucharist has its origin at the Last Supper. At the Last Supper, on that night He was betrayed, our Savior instituted
the Eucharistic Sacrifice of His Body and Blood as well as ordained his Apostles priests.
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 beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of His death and Resurrection: a Sacrament of Love, A Sign of Unity
and a Bond of Charity, in which Christ is consummed, and the mind is filled with grace and a pledge of future glory.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life, of our Faith. The other Sacraments are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward It.
For in the Blessed Eucharist is contained the whole
spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ Himself, Our Pasch.
At the heart of the Eucharistic Celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ
and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ's Body and Blood
Holy Communion is only received by the faithfully-practicing Catholics who are in good standing and who are not in a state of mortal sin. One who is in an invalid marriage or divorced and remarried
without receiving and annulment should speak to the pastor to seek the possibility of receiving annulment so he/she can resume the practice of receiving Holy Communion.
Non-Catholics are welcomed and encouraged to come to Holy Mass, but while we cannot admit them to receive Holy Communion,we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the
If interested in becoming Catholic, please inquire about the RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults).
Children are generally prepared to receive their first Holy Communion when they receive the age of reason - 7 years (second grade). They are prepared through a special program and must already be
attending religious education classes or attending Catholic grade school.
Older children may be prepared separately from the second graders. For further information please contact the Religious Education Office at (513)988-9348.