For persons who are homebound and unable to attend Mass, please call the parish office and arrangements will be made for a Minister of the Eucharist to bring the Eucharist to you on a weekly basis. Please see our Homebound Ministry page for more information.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT EUCHARIST
WHAT IS THE EUCHARIST?
The Eucharist is the very sacrifice of the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus which he instituted to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until his return in glory. Thus he entrusted to his Church this memorial of his death and Resurrection. It is a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet, in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
WHAT DOES THE EUCHARIST REPRESENT IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH?
It is the source and summit of all Christian life. In the Eucharist, the sanctifying action of God in our regard and our worship of him reach their high point. It contains the whole spiritual good of the Church, Christ himself, our Pasch. Communion with divine life and the unity of the People of God are both expressed and affected by the Eucharist. Through the Eucharistic celebration we are united already with the liturgy of heaven and we have a foretaste of eternal life.
WHAT ARE THE NAMES FOR THIS SACRAMENT?
The unfathomable richness of this sacrament is expressed in different names which evoke its various aspects. The most common names are: The Eucharist, Holy Mass, the Lord’s Supper, the Breaking of the Bread, the Eucharistic Celebration, the Memorial of the passion, death and Resurrection of the Lord, the Holy Sacrifice, the Holy and Divine Liturgy, the Sacred Mysteries, the Most Holy Sacrament of the Alter, and Holy Communion.
From the Compendium of the “Catechism of the Catholic Church“ #271-275.