As Catholic Christians, Holy Communion is the most central and important of all the sacraments.

We believe that the consecrated bread and wine actually become the body and blood, soul and divinity of Christ. The presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist isn't just symbolic, it’s real.

When you receive Holy Communion, you are united with Jesus Christ—the Eucharist is food for our bodies and our souls. We believe that by receiving Holy Communion Jesus literally becomes part of us. Catholics who have been spiritually prepared and are not aware of serious sin can receive Holy Communion at Mass.

Children generally receive First Holy Communion at the end of second grade, provided they have attended two years of religious instruction.

For more information, contact Chris Kimock below.

Persons who want to learn more about Catholicism and Holy Communion can attend Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) meetings. Learn more about RCIA.

Pope Francis explained the power of the Eucharist during his weekly general audience Feb. 5.