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.
What is required to receive Holy Communion?
‘To receive Holy Communion one must be fully incorporated into the Catholic Church and be in the state of grace, that is, not conscious of being in grave sin. Anyone who is conscious of having committed a grave sin must first receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before going to Communion. Also important for those receiving Holy Communion are a spirit of reconciliation and prayer, observance of the fast prescribed by the Church, and an appropriate disposition of the body (gestures and dress) as a sign of respect for Christ.’
Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.291
From Catholic Enquiry Centre http://www.catholicenquiry.com
Children who do not attend OLSH may enroll in a preparation class held at the St. Francis Centre on Adamson Avenue. Class normally begins in March with First Holy Communiion taking place in October.
Parishioners who are invalid, aged, or otherwise unable to attend Mass may make arrangements for a priest or eucharistic minister to present Communion at the parishioner's residence.
For details of first Reconciliation please contact the Parish office.