The Most Precious Body and Blood of Christ, the Holy Eucharist, is the source and summit of our Faith, the life source for all the Church is and does. As Christ offered himself as a living sacrifice, we share in the ONE, HOLY EUCHARIST. Recognizing that many other Christian faiths have communion services, we as Catholics believe in the true presence of Christ within the Eucharist. It is more than a mere sharing, but more so a participation in the Divine Life of Christ, as we receive Christ, we are called to be Christ to others. The nourishment is for us a means to Salvation. We welcome Christians of other faiths to our Church, yet due to the differences in our understandings of True Presence of Christ, we ask for them to refrain from attempting to receive the Eucharist. They are more than welcome to come forward to receive a blessing from the priest. It is our hope that one day we will be reunited in faith.
Proper reception of the Eucharist: One must not have mortal sin on their heart, Reconciliation is available throughout the week (Please see the Reconciliation schedule for more details.) They must be a practicing Catholic who is in good standing within the Church. Catholics may receive the Eucharist once each day as part of regular attendance at Mass, and once more depending on the circumstances, i.e., funeral or wedding. They are not to receive the Eucharist more than twice in the same day, unless pastorally directed and under special circumstances.
HOSPITALIZED OR HOMEBOUND: Please call the rectory if you or a loved one is unable to attend mass, we will bring the Eucharist to them. If you are sick and unable to attend Mass due to illness or injury, you are absolved from the sin of missing Mass if it is of particular difficulty to go to Church.
FIRST COMMUNION: The children of our parish receive Holy Communion at 2nd grade. There is preparation of the Sacrament within the various aspects of our Catholic Education. After formal instruction they receive the First Communion in the Springtime. Parents are encouraged to be active role models in the preparation for the Sacrament. If you have any questions please contact our rectory or school offices.