The Eucharist is the central sacrament of the entire Catholic faith. Everything in the life of the Church flows from the Eucharist and is directed toward it: “The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.” (1324)
At the Last Supper, when Jesus celebrated Passover with his apostles, he gave them the Eucharist (bread and wine transformed into his body and blood) as a memorial of his death and resurrection. The Catechism calls the Eucharist a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, and a paschal banquet, at which believers who consume Christ are filled with grace and receive a pledge of future glory. (1323)
Catholics believe the bread and wine offered at Mass truly become the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The Eucharist, the Catechism explains, is the “culmination” both of God’s sanctification of the world through his Son and of humanity’s worship offered back to Jesus Christ and, through him, to the Father in the Holy Spirit. (1325) The word “Eucharist” refers to an act of thanksgiving to God. Other names for the Eucharist include Lord’s Supper, Breaking of Bread, Memorial of the Lord’s Passion and Resurrection, Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Most Blessed Sacrament, and Holy Communion, among others. (1328-133)
Christ invites everyone to His table and all are invited to prepare to receive Him! If you are an adult who would like to become Catholic and receive the Eucharist, please contact the parish office (760-744-1540).
Parents who would like for their children to prepare for 1st Holy Communion may contact Jennifer at 760-744-1130.