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Holy Eucharist


While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, "Take and eat; this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins." (Mt 26:26-28; cf. Mk 14:22-24, Lk 22:17-20, 1 Cor 11:23-25)

WHAT IS THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST?-The Roman Catholic Church has consistently held fast to the belief in the Real Presence.

Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)”-The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as "the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all sacraments tend." In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained." "This presence is called 'real' - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present." par. 1374

The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. par.1323

At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, 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. par.1325

"Jesus taught a new sacrifice which the Church received from the Apostles and offers throughout the whole world."  - St. Irenaeus (d. 202)

Readiness for reception includes knowledge of Jesus, the Gospel messages of forgiveness and the mystery of the Eucharist as the real presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, sacrificed for the salvation of all.  The person wanting to receive their First Holy Communion must have first received their first Reconciliation. 

If you are an adult in need of receiving this sacrament for the first time, please contact Anna Campbell at for RCIA information.


If you have a child in need of receiving this sacrament for the first time, please contact Liz Smith at or see more detailed information under menu item "Catholic Enrichment" for the CREED program or Socorro Garcia at for Spanish Religious Education information.



Weekday Mass

6:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.

Misa en Espanol –Jueves 6:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m.


7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 4:00 p.m.

Misa en Espanol-12:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

First Saturday of the Month

8:30 a.m. in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel