Eucharist, Holy Communion

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying, “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 for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mt 26:26-28, Mk 14:22-24, Lk 22:17-20, 1 Cor 11:23-25)

Believing in the words of Jesus, the Catholic Church professes that through the power of the Holy Spirit and the instrumentality of the priest, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in the celebration of the Eucharist. Although the bread and wine continue to appear, or have the physical attributes, of bread and wine, a fundamental change has taken place. They now have become, on the deepest level--the level of substance--the body, blood, soul and divinity of the glorified Christ who rose from the dead after dying for our sins. Because it is the actual Body and Blood of Christ, the Church teaches that this sacrament is “the source and summit” of our Christian faith.

This sacrament is also called Holy Communion. Receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus in this sacrament increases our union with Jesus who said, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” (John 6:56). It also unites the Church more deeply as the Body of Christ (“Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we partake of one bread...” 1 Cor 10:16-17). From this unifying aspect of the sacrament, both with Christ and with the Church, we call this sacrament Holy Communion.  

Preparation for First Holy Communion

Our Church recognizes the parent’s primary role in the formation of their children. At the baptism of their child, parents promise to train and raise their children in the Catholic faith, and our parish desires to assist parents in this process. When a child is about the age of 7 and has been part of a structured Religious Formation process for at least a year, parents may begin to directly prepare him/her for the celebration of First Communion. Usually this follows a child’s First Reconciliation.

Click here to review Sacred Heart Parish's First Reconciliation/ First Holy Communion Policy. 

For more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 719-633-8711 x105.