“Among the seven sacraments, the Eucharist is the central one because Christ is rendered present in His Paschal Sacrifice, whole and entire. From the earliest days of the Church, the Eucharist was regarded as the highest mystery, the climax of the celebrations of Baptism and Confirmation which preceded in the sacraments of Christian initiation… In the most blessed Eucharist ‘is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church.'” – Paul Haffner The Sacramental Mystery
In the Eucharist, Christ is truly present in his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine. In the Mass, which is the celebration of the Eucharist, bread and wine are offered and changed by the power of the Holy Spirit working through the priest into the Body and Blood of Christ. Catholics in good standing with the Church are invited to receive the Eucharist weekly, even daily, once they have reached the age of reason (usually 7 years old) and are properly prepared.
The diocesan guidelines for First Holy Communion prep is a 2 year program.
- For First Holy Communion preparation (2nd grade and above), please contact Anne Doyle, Director of Children’s Faith Formation at firstname.lastname@example.org or (910) 398-6511.
- To request the Eucharist for the sick or homebound from the St. Mark Camillus Ministry Team, please contact the Pastoral Secretaries at (910) 398-6509.