The Eucharistic sacrifice is the “the source and summit of the Christian life.” As “”the other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it.“(CCC 1324) The Second Vatican Council teaches that “at the Last Supper, on the night when He was betrayed, our Saviour instituted the eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the centuries 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 eaten, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.” (Sacrosanctum Concilium no. 47)
In the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the Body, Blood, Soul and Dvinity of Jesus Christ is contained “truly, really, and substantially.” (Council of Trent, Session XIII, Can. 1)The Eucharist therefore is not a mere symbol but rather the Eucharist is God Himself. This is why Our Lord says: “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.” (John 6: 53-56)
Catholics who have received First Communion are encouraged to receive Communion at Mass regularly. A person is to be in a state of grace while receiving communion, that is, a person must not be concious of having commited any mortal sins since their last confession. Also, Catholics are required to fast from everything but medicne and water at least an hour before receiving communion.
“RECEIVING THE EUCHARIST FOR THE FIRST TIME
In the Archdiocese of Vancouver, the Sacrament of First Eucharist is administered in second grade. Preparation for this Sacrament begins in first grade. To register for preparation classes, contact the Parish Office.
If you are baptized Catholic but have never received the Eucharist, please contact the Parish Office Tel: (604) 261-3535 to make arrangements for instruction.
For questions regarding Communion to the homebound, please contact Parish Office Tel: (604) 261-3535.