Please see below useful information about the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
For those wishing to enrol for the Sacrament of the Eucharist, please contact the Parish Office.
The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
“While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it, he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body”. (Matthew 26:26)
The institution of the Eucharist.
After Jesus had gathered with his apostles in the Cenacle, He took bread in his hands. He broke it and gave it to them saying, “Take this and eat it, all of you; this is my Body which will be given up for you”. Then, he took the cup of wine in his hands and said, “Take this and drink of this, all of you. This is the cup of my Blood, the Blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgive. Do this in memory of me”. (CCCC 273)
To a Catholic the Mass is not only a sacred offering, it is also a sacred meal. That is why Jesus chose to use bread and wine for it. In this way we experience God's love and friendship for us by accepting to eat "the bread of life". When the time for Holy Communion comes at Mass the priest holds up Christ, saying: "This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his supper". The priest receives Communion and then places the body of Christ in the hand (or on the tongue) of each person who wishes to receive Our Lord. The person who receives the body of Christ in the hand places the sacred host in his mouth immediately.
When does the Church oblige her members to participate at Holy Mass?
The Church obliges the faithful to participate at Holy Mass every Sunday and on holy days of obligation. She recommends participation at Holy Mass on other days as well. (CCC 1389, 1417)
When must one receive Holy Communion?
The Church recommends that the faithful, if they have the required dispositions, receive Holy Communion whenever they participate at Holy Mass. However, the Church obliges them to receive Holy Communion at least once a year during the Easter season. (CCC 1389)
What is required to receive Holy Communion?
To receive Holy Communion one must be fully incorporated into the Catholic Church and be in the state of grace, that is, not conscious of being in mortal sin. Anyone who is conscious of having committed a grave sin must first receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before going to Communion. Also important for those receiving Holy Communion are a spirit of recollection and prayer, observance of the fast prescribed by the Church, and an appropriate disposition of the body (gestures and dress) as a sign of respect for Christ. (CCC 1385-1389, 1415)
What are the fruits of Holy Communion?
Holy Communion increases our union with Christ and with his Church. It preserves and renews the life of grace received at Baptism and Confirmation and makes us grow in love for our neighbour. It strengthens us in charity, wipes away venial sins and preserves us from mortal sin in the future. (CCC 1391-1397, 1416)
Promise of the Holy Eucharist
The sixth chapter of St John's Gospel tells how Christ promised to give himself in Holy Communion. Jesus said: "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst" (John 6, 35). "I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven, whoever eats of this bread, will live forever" (John 6, 48-5 1).
This was startling enough, but his next words were amazing: "And the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh" (John 6, 51). Christ is saying here what he said on many other occasions, that he came from God the Father to give new life to all people. As food gives natural life, he would give supernatural life. Only those who believed what he taught would receive it. But they had to do more than believe in his word. They had to accept him completely and without reserve. To such he would be united, as food is united to the body, and they would live his life.
First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion is one of the three sacraments of initiation in the Church. We look forward to sharing this special moment with your family at Our Lady Star of the Sea. Preparation for this sacrament is a special programme prior to and culminating in the celebration of the Sacrament. Special circumstances may be discussed on an as needed basis. Preference is given to families that are registered and active in the Parish.
Holy Communion Schedule
First Holy Communion takes place in September each year.
Notification for Enrolments are published in the Parish Bulletin or enquiries may be made at the Parish Office.