Eucharist

Holy Eucharist

​The next First Holy Communion Course will be​gin in September.

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The Programme

We use the resource called "I want to make my home in you"

​This programme is designed to prepare children
for receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist 
and to deepen their understanding of these sacraments.
This resource is the result of a long and fruitful journey
accompanying children under catechesis in France, launched in 1990.
​This is an updated version of a popular and effective programme. 
​It ​revolves around the children listening to the Word of God, 
​containing ​the stories of Jesus' life and mission.
​These lead the children to a deeper more personal encounter 
and relationship with the Risen Lord.
Being scripturally based, ​this course helps the children to develop
a deeper appreciation of Liturgy of the Eucharist
which is celebrated every Sunday in the Parish.
They learn to participate in it more fruitfully.

THE EUCHARIST

The liturgical life of the Church revolves around the sacraments, with the Eucharist at the centre At Mass, we are fed by the Word and nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ. 
We believe that the Risen Jesus is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist.
The Eucharist is not a sign or symbol of Jesus; rather we receive Jesus himself in and through the Eucharistic species. The priest, through the power of his ordination and the action of the Holy Spirit, transforms the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus.
This is call transubstantiation.
By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity. (CCC 1413)

The New Covenant

I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever;…Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and…remains in me and I in him.(John 6:51, 54, 56)

​​In the gospels we read that the Eucharist was instituted at the Last Supper. This is the fulfillment of the covenants in the Hebrew Scriptures. In the Last Supper narratives, Jesus took, broke and gave bread and wine to his disciples. In the blessing of the cup of wine, Jesus calls it “the blood of the covenant” (Matthew and Mark) and the “new covenant in my blood” (Luke).
This reminds us of the blood ritual with which the covenant was ratified at Sinai (Ex 24) -- the sprinkled blood of sacrificed animals united God and Israel in one relationship, so now the shed blood of Jesus on the cross is the bond of union between new covenant partners -- God the Father, Jesus and the Christian Church. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, all the baptized are in relationship with God.
The Catechism teaches that all Catholics who have received their First Holy Communion are welcome to receive the Eucharist at Mass unless in a state of mortal sin.
Anyone who desires to receive Christ in Eucharistic communion must be in the state of grace. Anyone aware of having sinned mortally must not receive communion without having received absolution in the sacrament of penance. (CCC 1415)
The Church warmly recommends that the faithful receive Holy Communion when they participate in the celebration of the Eucharist; she obliges them to do so at least once a year.(CCC 1417)
Receiving the Eucharist changes us. It signifies and effects the unity of the community and serves to strengthen the Body of Christ.

Understanding the Mass

The central act of worship in the Catholic Church is the Mass. It is in the liturgy that the saving death and resurrection of Jesus once for all is made present again in all its fullness and promise – and we are privileged to share in His Body and Blood, fulfilling His command as we proclaim His death and resurrection until He comes again. It is in the liturgy that our communal prayers unite us into the Body of Christ. It is in the liturgy that we most fully live out our Christian faith.
The liturgical celebration is divided into two parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. First we hear the Word of God proclaimed in the scriptures and respond by singing God’s own Word in the Psalm. Next that Word is broken open in the homily. We respond by professing our faith publicly. Our communal prayers are offered for all the living and the dead in the Creed. Along with the Presider, we offer in our own way, the gifts of bread and wine and are given a share in the Body and Blood of the Lord, broken and poured out for us. We receive the Eucharist, Christ’s real and true presence, and we renew our commitment to Jesus. Finally, we are sent forth to proclaim the Good News!

VIDEOS FOR THE COURSE
From Redemptorist Publications

Baptism: the basics
From the very beginning of the Church, baptism was the Sacrament that made people members, whether this was adults or children. By being baptised, they belonged to the family of the Church. Belonging is very important to us. But belonging is not just about a single ceremony: it is about who we are, and what we do. It is the same with baptism. To have a child baptised means that you wish them to belong to the Catholic Church - to be a part of it. This means as parents you have to ask yourselves some questions:
    •    Can we honestly promise to do our best to teach our child about the Catholic Church?

    •    Will we give an example of belonging by taking part in the life of the Church ourselves?
    •    Can we honestly say that Baptism is more than just a way into a Catholic school?
If you answer ‘no’ or ‘not sure’ to any of these questions, you should perhaps think again about baptism in the Catholic Church.

Conditions for Baptism
Anyone can be baptised in the Catholic Church, as long as they (or their parents if they are aged under 7) can make the solemn profession of faith, and will promise to be part of the Catholic Church in the future. In the case of a child, this means that at least one of the parents must be a Roman Catholic themselves.
At least one parent must be a baptised Roman Catholic - proof of this may be required.
A person should be baptised in the Parish where they live, and permission will be required for Baptism to take place elsewhere.
A person being baptised must have at least one practising Roman Catholic godparent.

Who can be a godparent?
Only Catholics over the age of 16 may be godparents at Catholic baptisms. Other Christians may stand as Christian Witnesses (the equivalent of godparents), but must be baptised themselves - they have to make the profession of faith as well. A godparent should be both willing and able to assume the responsibilities of this role, caring for the developing faith of the baptised child, and furthering a real relationship with them.

How is Baptism celebrated?
Baptism is a rich and ancient ceremony. The priest will guide you through the celebration, so that you and your guests can fully take part. The ceremony makes rich use of SYMBOLS. First among these is WATER, which is a symbol of new life: it washes away the old in order to give birth to the new; it is also a rymbol of resurrection - as we rise from the water it reminds us of Christ rising from the tomb. We also use HOLY OIL - namely the Oil of Catechumens, which is used to prepare us for baptism, and the Sacred Chrism, the holy oil which proclaims that we are part of Christ, the Anointed One. We also use LIGHT, in the form of the presentation of a lighted candle, with the words "Receive the light of Christ". Finally a WHITE GARMENT is used, to show the clothing of ourselves in Christ by means of this Sacrament.