"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; …Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and…remains in me and I in him." (John 6:51, 54, 56)
In the gospels we read that the Eucharist was instituted by Christ at the Last Supper. This is the fulfillment of the covenants in the Hebrew Scriptures. Along with Baptism and Confirmation, it completes our initiation into the Christian life. In the Last Supper narratives, Jesus took, broke and gave bread and wine to his disciples. We respond to Jesus' command at the Last Supper to "Do this in remembrance of Me" (Luke 22:19) each Sunday and every day at Mass.
At Mass, we are fed by the Word and nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ. We believe that the Risen Jesus is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is not a sign or symbol of Jesus; rather we receive Jesus himself in and through the Eucharistic species.
The Catechism teaches that all Catholics who have received their First Holy Communion are welcome to receive Eucharist at Mass unless in a state of mortal sin (see 1 Cor 11:27-29).
First Holy Communion preparation is usually completed in your child’s second grade year. Please contact Rona Skelton, firstname.lastname@example.org, Faith Formation Director, for more information.
RCIA (18+ years old)
Sacramental Preparation for adults typically takes place through our RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). Participants will be baptized (if not already) and receive Confirmation, and First Holy Communion.
RCIA begins each September and concludes with the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter.
If you are interested in becoming Catholic or completing your Sacraments as an Adult, please fill out the information form below or call our office at 850-932-2859, and we will set up an appointment to meet with you.