The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. (CCC 1322)
One of the seven sacraments of the Church, indeed the greatest of the sacraments, described by the Church in this way: “The most august (magnificent) sacrament is the Most Holy Eucharist in which Christ the Lord himself is contained, offered, and received and by which the Church continually lives and grows. The eucharistic sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated through the ages is the summit and source of all worship and Christian life, which signifies and effects the unity of the People of God and brings about the building up of the body of Christ. Indeed, the other sacraments and all the ecclesiastical works of the apostolate are closely connected with the Most Holy Eucharist and ordered to it.” — Canon Law #897
Since the celebration of the Mass is for the universal and the local Church as well as for each person, the center of the whole Christian life (General Instruction of the Roman Missal #1), care must be taken that the Eucharist remain a primary focus in the life of the community. The Christian faithful are to hold the Most Holy Eucharist in highest honor, taking an active part in the celebration of the most august sacrifice, receiving this sacrament most devoutly and frequently, and worshiping it with the highest adoration. (CL #898) Anyone who is conscious of serious sin is not to receive the Eucharist without first celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation unless a grace reason stands in the way of such sacramental reconciliation. (CL #916) Once admitted to Eucharist, the faithful are obliged to receive Communion at least once a year (CL #920.1)
The Eucharist is the foundation of our faith and reception of Holy Communion is the conclusion of the Initiation Sacraments. If you have a child who is 5 years or older, please call Sister Mary Teresita for more information on scheduled classes for reception of First Holy Communion and completion of the Initiation Sacraments.