The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion) is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324). During the Mass, we gather around the Lord’s table and remember Christ’s Passion, sacrifice on the cross, His Resurrection, and His Ascension as Jesus instructed us during the Last Supper.
As Catholics, we believe in transubstantiation – the transformation of bread and wine into the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We ask that only “properly disposed” Catholics receive Holy Communion. This means that the receiving of Jesus’ Body and Blood is set aside for Catholics who are in right relationship with God and with one another. The intention here is not to dissuade anyone from receiving Communion; rather, it is an invitation to heal what is broken, creating a suitable environment for Jesus. The Church recommends going to Confession regularly prior to receiving Communion during Mass.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I receive communion even if I am not Catholic?
No, only Catholics can receive communion. Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ expresses a unity and firm belief in the Catholic Church and all its teachings. However, all are welcome to attend Mass and if you feel drawn to the Eucharist, learn more about Catholicism here.
Can I bring my friend to Church who isn't Catholic?
Yes! If your friend expresses a desire in learning more about Catholicism, we suggest inviting them to one of our RCIA classes as well.
How should I prepare to receive the Eucharist?
The Church asks that you fast for one hour before receiving communion if possible. The Church also recommends going to confession regularly to ensure we are prepared to receive Christ. If you have committed a mortal sin, you will need to attend confession before receiving the Eucharist.