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.

(Catechism of the Catholic Church, §1323)

Preparation programs for the celebration of First Communion are coordinated by our Director of Religious Education.

The Catholic Bishops of the United States reflect on the Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church

Back to Sacraments Main Page