Must be a practicing registered parishioner 6 months prior to making arrangements for Communion.
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
The Second Vatican Council, in its Constitution on the Church, rightly proclaimed that the eucharistic sacrifice is the source and summit of the Christian life. And, as the document on priestly ministry states, For the most holy Eucharist contains the Church—s entire spiritual wealth: Christ himself, our passover and living bread.
If we look at the history of the Mass from the days of the apostles to our own time, we shall see there have been many changes in the way our Church has understood the Eucharist. But throughout that long tradition is the firm belief in the real presence of the risen Jesus in the Eucharist and in the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the Church.