The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life.” At the Last Supper of the Lord, Christ instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. Christ did this to perpetuate his upcoming sacrifice on the cross throughout all of time and to provide a memorial of his death and resurrection. The holy Eucharist is a sacrament of love and sign of unity throughout the Church. The Eucharistic celebration is a Paschal banquet “in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us” (CCC 1323).
The Lord invites us to receive him in the sacrament of the Eucharist as he said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you” (John 6:53). In order to respond to this invitation we must prepare ourselves for such a great and holy moment through an examination of our conscience and participation in the sacrament of Reconciliation when needed.
From the Catechism (found on Vatican.va)
From the Code of Canon Law (found on Vatican.va)
- The Most Holy Eucharist (897-898)
- The Eucharistic Celebration (899)
- The Minister of the Most Holy Eucharist (900-911)
- Participation in the Most Holy Eucharist (912-923)
- The Rites and Ceremonies of the Eucharistic Celebration (924-930)
- The Time and Place of Celebration of the Eucharist (931-933)
- The Reservation and Veneration of the Most Holy Eucharist (934-944)
- The Offering Given for the Celebration of Mass (945-958)
Any person who has been previously baptized within the Catholic Church and is of at least 7 years of age.
The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, or Holy Communion, is celebrated for the first time normally at Easter vigil Mass or during the month of May. As part of this process, the catechist will work with a priest and schedule a time to for this special occasion. Preparation classes can be scheduled by contacting the person listed here.
Day of Sacrament
Things to Remember
In preparation for receiving your First Holy Communion, you must fast (no food or drink other than water) one hour prior to receiving the Holy Eucharist.
The Holy Eucharist can be received EVERY WEEKEND at Sunday Masses, its the vigil Masses and daily Mass. For those who cannot attend Mass, contact our parish office to schedule a time for an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist to administer the Sacrament to you.Please review our Mass schedule and the bulletin for opportunities to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.