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Eucharist

Eucharist

"This is the bread that came down from heaven.

Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever."

- John 6:58

 

What is the Eucharist?

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. 

    

 

How often should I receive the Eucharist?

"Communion with the Body and Blood of Christ increases the communicant's union with the Lord, forgives his venial sins, and preserves him from grave sins. Since receiving this sacrament strengthens the bonds of charity between the communicant and Christ, it also reinforces the unity of the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ." (CCC, 1416)
Catholics should attend Mass and receive the Eucharist on a regular basis, ideally every Sunday.  At a bare minimum, Catholics who have made their First Communion are required to receive the Eucharist during the Easter Season (the 50 day period between Easter Sunday and Pentecost).

 

Who can receive communion?

The Sacrament of the Eucharist is a sign of our communion with God, the Church and each other.  As such, anyone who is in communion with the Church may receive the Eucharist.  But what does this mean?  First, if a person does not belong to a Church which is not fully united with the Catholic Church (e.g, it does not acknowledge the supremacy of the papacy or teaches different doctrines), that person may not receive Communion at a Catholic church.  Second, if a Catholic is in a state of mortal sin, they have separated themselves from God and the community and, therefore, must receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving Communion.

 

How does my child make their First Communion at St. Peter Parish?

Sacramental programs at St. Peter Parish consist of 2 years of preparation, either at St. Mary School or in the Religious Education program.  First Communion at St. Peter Parish typically occurs in the 2nd grade and is held on multiple weekends beginning with the second weekend after Easter.  Children must be baptized and parents must attend 2 informational meetings prior to the Sacrament.  For more information regarding sacraments or registering for Religious Education, please contact the Parish Office at 586-468-4578.

 

What if I never made my First Communion as a child?

First Communion is one of the Sacraments of Initiation, by which a Catholic becomes a full member of the Church.  The process for entering the Catholic Church as an adult is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  Through RCIA, adults learn more about the Catholic faith and take the steps necessary to become full members of the Church.  They are then welcomed into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass and receive all three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation).  For more information about the RCIA program at St. Peter Parish contact Sheila Roy at 586-468-4578.