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.” Matthew 26:26-28
As Catholics, we believe Jesus meant what He said. He truly is present in the bread and wine that has been transubstantiated into His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. As such, there is great care and reverence toward the Eucharist, including proper time for preparation before reception of the Eucharist and thanksgiving afterwards.
The Holy Eucharist is celebrated with every Mass offered at St. Anthony’s. Those that have received the sacraments of Baptism and first Holy Communion are welcome to participate in the Eucharist. For parishioners among us that have not completed these sacraments, you are welcome to join in the Eucharist line with your arms crossed and receive a blessing from the priest, deacon or Eucharist ministers.
Typically, children in 2nd grade prepare to receive their first Confession and Holy Communion. For more information, check out our Religious Education program. Adults wishing to know more about the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist are encourage to join us for RCIA.