“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.'” John 6:35
The Holy Eucharist is the most important of the seven sacraments because, in this and in no other sacrament, we receive the very body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. Innumerable, precious graces come to us through the reception of Holy Communion. The Church sets out specific guidelines regarding how we should prepare ourselves to receive the Lord’s body and blood in Communion. To receive Communion, you must be in a state of grace, have made a good confession since your last mortal sin, believe in transubstantiation, observe the Eucharistic fast, and, finally, not be under an ecclesiastical censure such as excommunication.
The culmination of a person’s Christian initiation is the Eucharist. Beginning in 2019, children will be prepared for Confirmation and the Eucharist beginning in the third grade.
Non-Catholics and Catholics who do not wish to receive Communion for any reason, are welcome to approach the altar along with those receiving but with arms crossed over chest to indicate that they would like a blessing.
The Eucharist is distributed at Mass by the priest(s) and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. For more information on becoming an Extraordinary Minister, contact the parish office.