"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'."
(From the Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Children prepare to receive the Eucharist for the first time either through our Catholic school, through Catholic Religious Education (RE) program or through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) program.
For information on these programs please contact our Parish Office and speak with our Director of Religious Education (DRE)
Make the Sacraments available to all Catholics who would like to receive, but are unable to attend Sunday Mass due to injury, illness, advanced age, or circumstance.
Distribute the Body of Christ to persons who are homebound, hospitalized or in nursing homes/assisted living facilities who wish to receive it. Visits may include praying, reading the Word, delivering a brief reflection, distributing prayer cards and devotionals, and providing a church bulletin or other publication.
If you have a medial issue or cannot come to Mass routinely--even for a few weeks, call the Parish Office or Deacon John Teague to request communion at home or in a nursing home/assisted living facility.
Those who are elderly (at least 60 years of age) or sick as well as their caretakers can receive Communion even if a full hour fast has not been fulfilled. For example, people in the hospital are not in control of their own schedule and may be eating or have just finished eating when visited by the priest or Eucharistic minister. Therefore, the period of fast before receiving Holy Communion is reduced to "approximately one quarter of an hour" for those who are sick at home or at a medical facility, those elderly confined to home or a nursing home, and those who care for these people and who are unable conveniently to observe the fast ("Immensae Caritatis," 1973).