When We Celebrate
The weekly liturgy schedule may be found in the Liturgy section or you may go there directly by clicking here.
About the Sacrament
"Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink." ~John 6:53-55
Many of Jesus' followers left him and returned to their former way of life because his teaching was too difficult for them to accept, but Jesus was undeterred. He didn't change his teaching on the Eucharist in order to make them stay with him. (John 6) Commenting on Luke 22:19 ("this is my body which is given up for you.") St. Cyril says: "Do not doubt whether this is true, but rather receive the words of the Savior in faith, for since he is the truth, he cannot lie." (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1381)
The principle fruit of receiving the Eucharist is an intimate union with Christ Jesus. (CCC 1391) Indeed, the Lord said: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him (John 6:56.) What material food produces in our bodily life, Holy Communion wonderfully achieves in our spiritual life. (CCC 1392)
Before we receive the Eucharist, we must prepare ourselves for a great and holy moment. St. Paul urges us to examine our conscience: "Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning his body eats and drinks judgment upon himself." (1 Corinthians 11:27-29) Therefore the Catechism says "Anyone conscious of grave sin must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to communion." (CCC 1385)
First Celebration - Children
Formal preparation for First Communion is a two-year process, usually culminating in reception of the Sacrament in May of their 2nd school year. Children need to be enrolled in Parish Religious Education classes or have attended a Catholic school for both 1st and 2nd grades. Children starting after 1st grade will need to complete two years of preparation. A recent copy of the candidate's baptismal certificate is required.
More information about the Parish Religious Education program may be found here.
First Celebration - Adults (Rite of Christion Initiation for Adults - RCIA)
RCIA is for adults who are either: a) beginning their journey toward becoming a member of the Church, or b) has not received all the sacraments of initiation. These sacraments are: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. These are received at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday evening. More information about RCIA is available here.
"The parts preceding the liturgy of the word, namely, entrance song, greeting, penitential rite, Kyrie, Gloria, and opening prayer have the character of a beginning, introduction, and preparation. The purpose of these rites is that the faithful coming together take on the form of a community and prepare themselves to listen to God's word and celebrate the Eucharist properly" (General Instruction of the Roman Missal 24)
Liturgy of the Word
"Reading from Scripture and the chants between the readings form the main part of the liturgy of the word. The homily, profession of faith, and general intercessions or prayer of the faithful expand and complete this part of the Mass" (General Instruction of the Roman Missal 25)
Liturgy of the Eucharist
"The liturgy of the Eucharist includes the preparation of the gifts which begins when the bread and the wine with water are brought to the altar, that is, the same elements that Christ used.
The second part of the liturgy of the Eucharist is the Eucharistic prayer which gives thanks to God for the whole work of salvation, then the gifts of bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ.
The last part of the liturgy of the Eucharist is the Communion Rite. Through the breaking of the one bread, the unity of the faithful is expressed and through communion we receive the Lord's body and blood in the same way the apostles received them from the hands of Christ" (General Instruction of the Roman Missal 27-28)
The Concluding Rite
The concluding rite consists of the priest's greeting and blessing and the dismissal of the assembly, which sends each member back to doing good works while praising and blessing the Lord." (General Instruction of the Roman Missal 28)
Please call Roberta Durbin at the parish office 846-3475.