The Holy Eucharist is the center of Catholic Life and was instituted by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper. “At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'” – Catechism 1323
During Mass, we worship God the Father through Jesus Christ. We enter into Christ’s praise of the Father in union with the Holy Spirit. Even though it seems like outward rituals, the heart of the matter is worshipping God. God’s response is to feed us with the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Eucharist is no bread and wine; it is not a symbol of Jesus. It truly becomes the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
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Normally, Catholics receive their First Holy Communion in second grade. Sometimes, however, things get delayed. Whether your child is in second or seventh grade, we would love to prepare them to receive the Eucharist. For more information about First Communion for children, please contact Denise Sheipline at 419-738-2115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.