“While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, ‘Take; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.” –Mark 14:22-24
Holy Communion in the Catholic Church
The Catholic Church teaches that by virtue of his ordination, the Catholic priest is acting in the person of Christ when consecrating the bread and wine for Holy Communion, also known as Eucharist. As he proclaims the words of consecration (the words of Jesus himself in Scripture), the bread and wine are miraculously transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. For this reason we do not treat it as a fellowship meal, but as a sacred and intimate communion with Christ and the Church. Therefore the Sacrament is reserved for those who have been initiated into the faith and who are in good standing with the Church. This is why recipients are encouraged to receive the sacrament of reconciliation often. Just as we prepare our homes for important guests, so too do we prepare our hearts to recieve Jesus himself. This is also why a period of preparation is required before individuals can begin to receive Holy Communion.
For a short video reflection on the Sacrament of Communion by Archbishop Smith, please see: https://vimeo.com/222546905.
First Eucharist or First Holy Communion 2018
First Eucharist and First Reconciliation preparation classes will begin January 14, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Parish. A copy of the candidate’s Baptismal Certificate is required as soon as possible, preferably with registration, or if baptized in this parish, please indicate the date on the registration form.