Communion can mean different things when we talk about the Catholic Mass. Communion is coming together in “community” with our parish and all who come to gather to share in the Eucharistic liturgy here at St. Mary of Lourdes. It is the weekly family reunion when we gather around the table to share in the Lord’s Supper around an altar of sacrifice. All are welcome to be fully present in the Catholic Mass.
Holy Communion is the reception of the Eucharistic Body and Blood of Jesus Christ – for example, when young children make their First Communion, they receive the Body and Blood of Jesus for the first time. Catholics believe that the bread and wine are transubstantiated during the Eucharistic prayer – meaning they literally become the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. This is a sacred experience, and it’s not appropriate for everyone to receive Holy Communion. It’s important to understand what the Catholic Church teaches about who should receive the body and blood of Christ during Mass. This teaching is not intended to exclude anyone, but to protect individuals from committing grave sin, and preserve the integrity of our belief about the Eucharist.
As more return to the in-person Sunday Mass and are hopeful of the return of the Sunday Mass obligation, it is a time to reflect more deeply on the value of Sunday, why God made it and what it means in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ.
We invite you to Come Home to Communion this weekend. Reservations are no longer required. For those who have been vaccinated, masks remain optional.