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At the Last Supper, the Lord instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his body and blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to the church a memorial of his death and resurrection. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.

The Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Through this sacrament of initiation, we participate with the whole community of believers in the Lord’s own sacrifice. The Eucharist (from the Greek word eucharistia‘thanksgiving’) is the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ in which he is present under the forms of bread and wine offering himself in the sacrifice of the Mass and giving himself as spiritual food to the faithful.

Second Grade children with one year of faith formation and beginning their second year of faith formation participate with their parents in family session to prepare for First Holy Communion.

Children older than Second Grade and in need of preparation for First Communion should contact the Parish Office.

The Eucharistic sacrifice is extended through prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This is a beautiful and powerful way to pray. All are invited to join us for Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s and at other times that will be listed in the bulletin.