One of the seven sacraments of the Church, the Eucharist indeed the greatest of the sacraments because it is the very source and summit of our lives, is described by the Church in this way:
“The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. “The Most Holy Eucharist is the most august sacrament, in which Christ the Lord himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. The Eucharistic Sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries, is the summit and the source of all Christian worship and life; it signifies and effects the unity of the people of God and achieves the building up of the Body of Christ. The other sacraments and all the ecclesiastical works of the apostolate are closely related to the Holy Eucharist and are directed to it.” (Code of Canon Law 897).
Although the Eucharist is one sacrament, there are three essential aspects to which the Church points: (1) sacrifice; (2) communion; (3) Real Presence of Christ. The Church calls the faithful to respond in faith to these three aspects of the Eucharist:
“The faithful are to hold the Eucharist in highest honor, taking part in the celebration of the Most August Sacrifice, receiving the sacrament devoutly and frequently, and worshiping it with supreme adoration….” (Code of Canon Law 898).
First Communion for Children
Formation and celebration of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist is a two year process. Regular attendance is required in first and second grade to receive First Holy Communion at the end of second grade. For more information contact Martha Vahanian at 770-683-8979. The Sacrament Registration Form is required at the time of Faith Formation (CCD) registration for the sacramental year.
Eucharist Preparation for Adults
Adults over 18 inquiring how to come into full communion with the Catholic faith by receiving Holy Communion are invited to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). For more information contact the parish office at 770-251-5353.