Religious  Education

The Eucharist

Eucharistic Adoration is held on the first Friday of every month. Sign-ups are available in the narthex at least 1 week before Adoration.

In regards the reception of the Eucharist (Holy Communion) in the Catholic Church, Canon 844 of the Code of Canon Law governs who may receive Holy Communion. The Eucharist is the true body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. All Catholics who have commited a mortal sin and have not been to sacramental confession may not recieve Holy Communion until they have done so. A mortal sin is a sin that is 1) grave in nature, 2) a sin in which we have given the full consent of our will to acting on, and 3) a sin which we committed with full knowledge of its sinfulness. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1855-1857) Please see the reconciliation page for an examination of conscience.

Due to the nature of the Sacrament we do not allow anyone who is not in full communion with the Catholic Church to recieve the Eucharist. We do however invite you to worship with us and pray for unity among all Christians. The Catechism of the Catholic Church quotes St. Justin Martyr, an Early Church Father, regarding intercommunion:

Because this bread and wine have been made Eucharist (“eucharisted,” according to an ancient expression), “we call this food Eucharist, and no one may take part in it unless he believes that what we teach is true, has received baptism for the forgiveness of sins and new birth, and lives in keeping with what Christ taught.” (1355)

“The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.”” (1324)