Dori Cook
Coordinator of
Sacrament Preparation
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For more information, please click below to view the “Preparation for the Sacrament” or contact the Family Faith Formation Office.

Eucharist is the sacrament of Christian initiation, which normally takes place when a child reaches the age of reason (7 years of age). Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. To be fully initiated, Christians are later configured more deeply to Christ by the sacrament of Confirmation (usually received in the 8th grade).

Homebound Ministry for the Sick: Only those who live within the parish boundaries will receive homebound ministry on a weekly basis. Due to Diocesan Policy, Eucharistic Ministers are prohibited from administering the sacrament of Communion to registered homebound parishioners outside of the boundaries of 22192. With that said, those who live outside of our parish boundaries may receive the sacrament of Communion from our priests on an infrequent basis (generally monthly and not on Sunday).

“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages 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 consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.’”

The Catholic Church has specific requirements on how to prepare to receive Holy Communion. To learn more about those requirements, including why non-catholics and those who have committed grave sin should not receive communion, click on the link below:

For more information about becoming a Catholic or preparing for the sacrament of First Holy Communion, please view preparation for the sacrament or contact the Parish Office.

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