The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church’s life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church 1407.
Having passed from this world to the Father, Christ give us in the Eucharist the pledge to glory with him. Participation in the Holy Sacrifice identifies us with his Heart, sustains our strength along the pilgrimage of this life, makes us long for eternal life, and unites us even now to the Church in heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all the saints. Catechism of the Catholic Church 1419.
In the Holy Eucharist, the faithful enter into intimate union with Jesus.
Jesus said: I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever;… ”He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and abides in me, and I in him.” John 6:51, 54, 56).
The power of the words and action of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, make sacramentallly present under the species of bread and wine, Christ’s body and blood: His sacrifice offered on the cross once and for all.
All Catholics in the state of grace are invited to reverenlty receive the body and blood of Christ. Persons who are ill or infirm or otherwise unable to attend Mass, and who wish to receive Holy Communion, are invited to call the church office to arrange for a visit by a Eucharistic minister.
First Holy Communion
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kindgom of heaven belongs to such as these,” Matthew 19:14
The Celebration of First Eucharist is a special time in the faith life of a child. Therefore, it is most important that children are prepared properly to better understand the importance of the Eucharist in our lives. The children prepare for this sacrament by participating in Religious Education through Religious or Catholic school. The preparations begin in first grade. First Holy communion is received in the second grade. Children receive the Sacrament of Penance as a group at a special service several weeks prior to First Communion in May.
Please see the First Communion guildelines for a list of important dates and information concerning your child’s First Holy Communion.