What is the Eucharist?

The Eucharist is celebrated at every Sacrifice of the Mass.  Through the appearance of bread and wine, we receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. The Holy Eucharist draws us closer to Holy Trinity through the Person of Jesus Christ.  

Why is the Eucharist important?

The Eucharist is the center of Catholic faith.  By receiving the Holy Eucharist, we remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us, and we grow in love for one another. Jesus commanded us to love, to remember Him, and to wait for His return.  We do these things by receiving His Body and Blood.


Who can receive the Eucharist?

Catholics who have prepared themselves by fasting 1 hour before Holy Mass and by going to Confession regularly may receive the Eucharist. Traditionally, children who are 7 or 8 may begin preparation to receive their First Eucharist.

"The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.
The other sacraments are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch."

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1324


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First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are sacraments offered in the second grade. Watch for information in the bulletin early in September.

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