Eucharist

Eucharist

Holy Eucharist is the sacrament in which Jesus Christ gives his Body and Blood himself for us, so that we too might give ourselves to him in love and be united with him in Holy Communion. In this way we are joined with the one Body of Christ, the Church. The Eucharist is the mysterious centre of all the sacraments, because the historic sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross is made present during the words of consecration in a hidden, unbloody manner. Thus, the celebration of the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life”(cf. YOUCAT 208).

This sacrament truly is Jesus Christ’s Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. It shows a special communion between the person receiving and the Church Jesus founded. A careful understanding of what one is receiving is needed (1 Cor 11:27-29), before partaking of the Eucharist or Holy Communion for the first time. Catholics usually receive Holy Communion at the Mass.

Adults approaching this sacrament would go through the RCIA catechises in the local parish, with a special formation program culminating with their First Holy Communion at Easter. To enter the RCIA program, one needs to speak to one of the priests or deacon at the parish.

Children would approach Eucharist through the junior catechism program at the local church, run throughout the school terms. First Holy Communion is done normally in grade 4 (10 years old), after having completed their First Confession. To join the youth catechism program, a registration is normally done at the beginning of the year, however a parish catechist can be spoken to.

Holy Communion is also brought to the housebound and sick by extraordinary ministers, the deacon and priests according to a weekly roster. If a Catholic is unable to attend an ordinary Sunday Mass due to illness or frailty, the parish office should be contacted, so that they can be added to the schedule.