As Catholics, we 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.
The Church urges us to receive Communion frequently because it helps to bring us into the fullness of our life in Christ. We are required by our Easter Duty to receive it at least once per year.
If we are aware of having committed a mortal sin, we must participate in the Sacrament of Confession (Reconciliation) before receiving Communion.
Receiving Holy Communion worthily brings us graces that make our souls more united to Christ, as well as increasing our love for God and for our neighbor.
The sacrament of the Eucharist is celebrated at Mass. See home page for Mass schedule.
At the Parish of Saint Mary's, children receive their First Eucharist in the spring of second grade. The First Eucharist ceremony is integrated into Sunday Mass, a few children at a time, for a few weeks in late April and early May. For more information, please see Religious Ed.