The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith (CCC #1324), and so we adore and treat the Eucharist with all the love and respect he deserves because the Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. When the priest says the words of consecration at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus.
Who can receive Holy Communion?
Anyone who is in a state of grace can, and should, receive the Eucharist as often as possible, especially on Sundays when we are expected to be at Mass to celebrate our Lord’s triumphant resurrection. What does it mean to be in a state of grace? It means that you are in right relationship with God. If you are unsure of your relationship with God, please feel free to talk to a priest for guidance and help.
Are you or someone you know elderly and/or homebound?
We have Ministers of Care who will come bring the Eucharist to you at home and pray with you while you recover from illness or because you are unable to leave your home permanently. Please call the rectory and let us know so we can come pray with you and bring you or your loved one the Eucharist. The rectory phone number is (773) 545-6496.
Who cannot receive Holy Communion?
Because the Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, we ask that only those who truly believe in the Eucharist and are Disciples of Jesus in the Roman Catholic Church to be the ones who receive the Eucharist. Our brothers and sisters of other christian denominations are welcome to come forward in the communion line with their hands crossed over their chest to receive a blessing; however, the Eucharist is reserved for those who believe in the true and real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and are professed Roman Catholics. Again, if you are unsure or confused, please feel free to speak to any of our priests for help and guidance.
First Holy Communion for children, teens, and adults:
If you have a child between the ages of 7-14 who has not yet received their First Holy Communion, please click here for information on our Religious Education Program. If you are in High School and would like to receive your First Holy Communion, please contact Fr. Dom at FatherDominicClemente@gmail.com. If you are an adult who has not yet received your First Holy Communion, please click here for information on our Making Disciples program that prepares adults to receive any or all of the Sacraments of Initiation.