Eucharist

Eucharistic “liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all Her power flows” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 10). The Eucharist is the foundational sacrament of the Church because it is the partaking of "the one bread and the one cup" which unites the many members of the Church into the one Body and Blood of Christ: “Even as this broken bread was scattered over the hills, and was gathered together from the ends of the earth into Your kingdom” (Didache 10).

The Eucharist is also the culmination of the Christian life because it is there that we meet Jesus, substantially present—Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity—under the appearance of bread and wine and which makes present the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection. Just like the disciples, whose hearts burned within them as they walked to Emmaus, it is in the Breaking of Bread that we most tangibly meet our Lord.

Requirements:

  • All who are Cathollic and in full communion with the Church are welcome to assist at the celebration of Eucharist. 
  • Any baptized Catholic in full communion with the Church who possess sufficient knowledge and careful preparation to understand the mystery of the Eucharist can and must be admitted to Holy Communion (CIC 912 & 913).
  • Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion (CIC 915).
  • A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without previous sacramental confession unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess (CIC 916).
  • A person who is to receive Communion is to abstain for at least one hour before from any food and drink, except for only water and medicine (CIC 919).

In Our Parish:

  • Children preparing for their First Communion at St. Dominic’s parish should be enrolled for preparation by calling the parish office at 620-276-2024.