EUCHARIST

“He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him up at the last day”

John 6:54

The Living Bread Under the appearance of bread and wine, the Holy Eucharist is Christ's true presence where he is contained, offered and received by his followers. Contact Us

The Eucharist is “the heart (or source) and the summit” of the life of our Christian Community.*

It is the spiritual center of our Catholic Faith.   We celebrate this in the midst of other sacramental celebrations (Matrimony, Confirmation, Holy Orders) and on retreats, pilgrimages, Sundays, Holy Days, weekdays, and other spiritual events. The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word which means “thanksgiving”.  Essential to our journey of faith is communion with God. Christ’s death and resurrection has broken the bonds of death and sin which separates humanity from God. He offers his very own body and blood to assist us in overcoming sin and to commune with God in an intimate way.  This sacrament is a memorial of Christ’s sacrifice for us whereby his real presence as the sacrificial Lamb of God is made present to and for us, and by participating in this we give thanks to God for this reconnection to God’s Love.

“Memorial’ does not simply mean a remembrance, a mere memory; it means that every time we celebrate this sacrament we participate in the mystery of the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ.” Pope Francis

St. Thomas Aquinas states:

One eats Christ’s flesh and drinks his blood in a spiritual way if he is untied to him through faith and love, so that one is transformed into him and becomes his member for this food is not changed into the one who eats but it turns the one who takes it into itself. And so this is a food capable of making a human being divine and inebriating him with divinity.

The purifying process of the Eucharist positions us to allow the transformative work of the Holy Spirit in making a difference in God’s creation. Every phase of human life is an opportunity to wholeness and holiness—personally, societally, and culturally.

We believe that Christ is not only present in the Assembly of people gathered as the Body of Christ, but also in a special way is particularly present in the bread and wine, which after the Consecration become the Body and Blood of Jesus.

*(Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 1407)

Communion to the Homebound

At times, parishioners cannot attend the Eucharistic celebrations at Church due to sickness or injury.  Eucharistic Ministers of the Sick bring Holy Communion to the sick and the homebound in the Parish. They provide the regular benefit of this sacrament to these people and in a special way keep these people connected to the Body of Christ.  If you know of someone who is in need of receiving communion at home, please call 503-222-2055.

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