"At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'" Sacrosanctum Concilium 47
The Sacrament of the Eucharist (derived from the Greek word for "thanksgiving") is also called Holy Communion.
Holy Communion is offered to the catholic faithful at the climax of every Mass. For the parish Mass schedule click HERE
Before receiving Holy Communion one must be Baptized and be a member of the Church in good standing. Before receiving, adults and children should go through a formation process that includes instruction and the Sacrament of Penance
. Children are prepared for their First Holy Communion as a part of the parish Religious Education
program. Unbaptized adults are prepared to receive the Eucharist as part of the RCIA
process, and special arrangements are made for adults whom are already Catholic but have never received Holy Communion.
For more information on the Eucharist in the Catholic Church click HERE