Eucharist / Communion

Jesus IconSacrament of the Eucharist

Overview:

In the third millennium of Christianity we discover what was important to the first Christians is just as important to us today.  The Eucharist, then as now, is the source and summit of our faith.

As members of the Catholic faith we have always had the sense that Jesus is present to us in a unique and wonderful way.  This presence is real and tangible.  It is a presence that we can see, feel and even taste.  It is known to us as the Eucharist and the Blessed Sacrament.  It is Jesus’ gift to us at the Last Supper and made explicit in His sacrifice on the cross.

This Real Presence is celebrated each day by the Church in the Mass.  We gather with Christ’s priest to read and proclaim His Word which prepares us to receive Him in the Eucharist.

As Jesus said in St. John’s Gospel (Jn 6:53), “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  . . . for my flesh is true food and my blood true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.”

Mass Schedule

Weekend Mass Schedule:

Saturday: 4:00 pm

Sunday: 8:30 am and 10:30 am

Holy Day: Vigil 7:00 pm

Holy Day 8:00 am and 5:30 pm

Weekday Mass Schedule:

Monday – Thursday:  8:00 am

Friday 5:30 pm

Saturday: 1st Saturday of each month.  All men of the parish are invited to share in this special celebration

Communion for the Sick and Homebound

Please contact the parish for a minister to bring Communion to your loved one who is currently sick, in the hospital, hospice, nursing home or home.  If you need Fr. John to come to bring Communion and administer the Sacrament of the Sick please let us know and we will schedule a visit.

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration is scheduled for special times throughout the year. The Chapel of Divine Mercy is open for adoration and prayer each day.

Monday – Friday from 6:00 am – 12:00 am

Sundays from 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebration of First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion is normally celebrated in the spring of each year.  Children receive the sacrament at the conclusion of the 2nd grade formation.  Adults who are entering into the church receive communion at the Easter Vigil.  For more information for children contact the religious education coordinators, Terry or Charlene, at 603.889.0012 or rezreligioused@comcast.net .

Communion Guidelines

Please visit the US Bishops’ website on Divine Liturgy for the proper reception of Communion:

http://www.usccb.org/liturgy/q&a/mass/communion.shtml

Summary of Beliefs concerning the Eucharist

Catholics base belief in the Real Presence on both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition:

  • The Lord Jesus, while at supper on the night before He died, “. . . took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them (disciples), and said, ‘take it; this is my body.’  Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it.  He said to them, ‘this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.’”
  • The Body and Blood of our Lord are truly present under the appearances of the bread and wine consecrated at Mass.
  • The Eucharistic Celebration, rooted in the Passion of Jesus Christ, is in its essence a true sacrifice.
  • The sacrifice of the Eucharist, because of its intimate union with the Paschal Meal, is also true meal.
  • The Eucharistic action is inextricably linked to the Cross of Christ, the true source of forgiveness.

  • The Eucharist, grounded in God’s action in history, is a true memorial of what He has done for us.
  • The Eucharist, bound inseparably to the Church of Christ, is an effective sign of unity and charity.
  • The Eucharist, rooted in the lived experience of the Body of Christ (the Church), is necessary and vital for the nourishment, growth and sanctification of all the People of God.
  • The consecration of the bread and wine occurs only through a validly ordained priest and thus makes our Lord truly present in this unique and wonderful way.
  • The reservation of the Eucharist is intended primarily to make the Sacrament available to the dying, sick and confined, and secondarily to allow the faithful to pray and adore the real presence of Christ in our midst.

“Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.”

St. Irenaeus
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