“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.’” Matthew 26: 26-28
In the Liturgy, the Holy Mass, the mystery of salvation is accomplished. It makes present the one sacrifice of Christ the Savior and includes the Church’s offering. At the epiclesis, the Church asks the Father to send his Holy Spirit (or the power of his blessing) on the bread and wine, so that by his power they may become the body and blood of Jesus Christ and so that those who take part in the Eucharist may be one body and one spirit. Christ is truly present in the consecrated Body & Blood, the Most Holy Eucharist.
The Holy 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.
Preparation to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist:
For information on children’s First Eucharist, please visit Faith Formation – First Eucharist.
Adults wishing to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church, please visit Become a Catholic (RCIA).
“I have a burning thirst to be honored by men in the Blessed Sacrament…” (Words of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque)
Come adore Christ who is truly present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharist). Come and spend whatever time you can or commit to an hour each week to pray in the presence of Our Lord. For more information, visit Devotions.