The Sunday Eucharist (Sunday Mass) is the highpoint of our worship as a parish.
The third of the three sacraments of initiation, the sacrament of the Eucharist is the reception of Christ's Body and Blood and brings to completion the Christian process of initiation. In this sacrament we remember what Jesus did for us in his life, death and resurrection. We remember particularly the Last Supper, that final meal Jesus shared with his disciples. At that meal Jesus gave us the Eucharist so that we could remember him in a special way. Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. When we receive Communion, we believe that we receive the person of Jesus into our very beings. Therefore the Eucharist is the source of great graces that sanctify us and help us grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ. Through receiving him we become one with him, and we become one with each other. As a community we become 'the body of Christ'. and we are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
Because the Eucharist is our great sign of unity as a community, one must be a Catholic to receive the Eucharist. To learn more about becoming Catholic click here.
The doctrine of the Holy Eucharist consist of that of the Eucharist sacrifice, the sacrificial meal, and the sacrificial food, or to express it otherwise, it consists of the doctrine of the Mass, of Communion, and of the Real Presence. There is no presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament that is not meant first and foremost as food for the faithful people, and there is no sacramental union with Christ in Holy Communion that is not to be thought of as a sacrificial meal:
The Eucharistic meal can only be prepared in the sacrifice of the Mass.
First Holy Communion
Catholic children usually make their first Eucharist (First Communion) at age 7. Preparation for 1st Communion and 1st Reconciliation will begin for all second graders enrolled in OLL school and Faith Formation in October. If your child is older than 2nd grade and has not yet received these sacraments, please contact Kathy Hejna
When an adult is baptised, he or she is confirmed and makes their First Communion in the same ceremony as their baptism at the Easter Vigil. Their preparation for this is usually through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) or a similar process. For more information please contact Carla LaBore.