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Eucharist

What is it?

The liturgical life of the Church revolves around the sacraments, with the Eucharist at the center (National Directory for Catechesis, #35). At Mass, we are fed by the Word and nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ. We believe that the Risen Jesus is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is not a sign or symbol of Jesus; rather we receive Jesus himself in and through the Eucharistic species. The priest, through the power of his ordination and the action of the Holy Spirit, transforms the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus. This is call transubstantiation.

The New Covenant

I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever;…Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and…remains in me and I in him. (John 6:51, 54, 56)

In the gospels we read that the Eucharist was instituted at the Last Supper. This is the fulfillment of the covenants in the Hebrew Scriptures. In the Last Supper narratives, Jesus took, broke and gave bread and wine to his disciples. In the blessing of the cup of wine, Jesus calls it “the blood of the covenant” (Matthew and Mark) and the “new covenant in my blood” (Luke).

Receiving the Eucharist changes us. It signifies and effects the unity of the community and serves to strengthen the Body of Christ.

When do we celebrate it?

The second grade students prepare to receive their First Communion and First Reconciliation throughout the school year. They receive Reconciliation in the winter (usually in January or February) and Communion in the spring. First Communion is celebrated on the last Sunday of April at St. John the Baptist Parish and the first Sunday of May at St. Mary Parish. Students must attend Religious Education Classes to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

If you have a child who is older than second grade but who has not received their First Communion, please contact our Pastoral Director at 989-584-6044 to sign him/her up for classes. 

 

 

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The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. (CCC 1324)


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