“This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.” (1 Cor 11:14-16)
“The Liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed;
it is also the fount from which all her power flows.” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy ) (Vatican II)
The focal point of our parish community, the event which affects the most people, is the celebration of the Eucharist to Roman Catholics. We believe and hold true that the bread and wine offered at the Mass are transformed into the living Body, Blood, soul and divinity of Christ Jesus in the Eucharist. In the Eucharist we are brought into communion with the Lord and the Universal Catholic Church. Eucharist forms us as a community, and challenges us to mission; that is, sustains and provokes us to carry on the gospel message in our daily lives.
The presence of each member of the community is important at this public event, a sign of our faith. Parishioners are invited to take part in the preparation and celebration of Liturgy in a variety of ways: Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Cantors, Choir Members, Altar Servers, Mass Coordinators, Ushers, and as members of the Liturgy Committee. More than 500 of us serve in these ministries. Further information regarding these various ministries can be found in the section of this booklet titled “Music and Liturgy.”
Eucharist is one of the three sacraments which initiate us into the church. The parish community supports and assists parents in preparing their children for the initial reception of Eucharist. Details of this program are contained in the section of this booklet titled “Children’s Programs”
Sacrament of Eucharist
If your child is in grades 6-12 and is interested in preparing for First Sacraments, please contact Katrina Cruz, at (757) 468-3600.