As the source and summit of the Christian life, the Eucharist unites us with, and binds us inextricably to, Christ, as the Eucharistic People of God, a holy communion, the Body of Christ.
The Sacrament of the Eucharist perpetuates the sacrifice of Christ’s Body and Blood on the Cross and entrusts the Church with a continuing memorial of His death and resurrection, becoming for us an eternal sign of God’s love and a Paschal banquet, ‘….in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with Grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.’
The Eucharist [Mass] was instituted at the Last Supper, and we are nourished by Christ, not only through the Word, but also by the Sacrament, in which the bread and wine are transformed into Christ’s Body and Blood. Known as Transubstantiation, Christ is really and truly present in the appearance of bread and wine [Real Presence], which are substantially changed.
First Holy Communion
The preparation of children wishing to receive Holy Communion for the first time is integral of the First Forgiveness programme that runs from September each year. Parents are invited to help and support their children to celebrate the Sacrament the following May. If you wish your child to join our next programme please contact the priest or deacon at the start of the academic year of qualification, i.e September.