The Holy Eucharist

THE HOLY EUCHARIST

 

The Holy Eucharist, is "the source and summit of the Christian life" Lumen Gentium, (Vat II)

 

The Holy Eucharist is also the source and summit of our life as a parish community. We celebrate the Eucharist daily, and three times each Sunday, at 9 and 11 A.M. including the anticipatory Sunday mass at 7:30 P.M on Saturday. The Daily Masses are at 8:30 A.M on Monday, Thursday and Friday, and at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, and at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday when school is in session. On Saturdays at 9:30 A.M. 

 

Teaching on the Reception of the Holy Communion

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that receiving Holy Communion "Augments our union with Christ". The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus. Indeed, the Lord said: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him." Life in Christ has its foundation in the Eucharistic banquet: "As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me."

 

For Catholics

 

As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.

 

For our Fellow Christians

 

We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ's prayer for us "that they may all be one" (Jn. 17:21).

 

As Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the Diocesan Bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 Section 4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of Communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 Section 3).

 

For those Not Receiving Holy Communion

 

All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.

 

For Non-Christians

 

We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. We ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family. While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we invite them to come and receive a blessing with their arms over their chest crossed which would indicate the priest to give them a blessing.