Eucharist and First Communion

Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; . . . he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and . . . abides in me, and I in him” ( John 6.51, 54, 56).

The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church’s life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, art. 1407) At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Saviour 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.’ (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1323)

SUNDAY EUCHARIST Saturday: 5:30 pm Sunday: 9:30 am and 11:30 am Mass at Quinte Gardens Retirement Home Mass is celebrated at 9:30 am for the residents, their families and visitors on the third Saturday on most months (see the Weekday schedule on the Home page). The Chapel is located on the lower level across from the elevator. If you would like to attend the Mass, please sign in at the main entrance. The receptionist will be happy to direct you. Mass at the Richmond Retirement Home Mass is celebrated at 9:30 am for the residents, their families and visitors on the fourth Saturday on most months (see the Weekday schedule on the Home page). The Chapel is located on the west wing of the second level. If you would like to attend the Mass, please sign in at the main entrance. The receptionist will be happy to direct you.

FIRST COMMUNION The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1322) First Communion is celebrated in the Easter Season at several of the Sunday Masses for members of the Parish in Grade 2 or older. Students attending Catholic Schools are prepared for this Sacrament in the Catholic School. Those enrolled in Public/Private Schools are provided with materials for home study. All candidates must participate in the Rite of Enrollment just before Lent as well as a Retreat at the Church. A Parent Meeting is held in the Fall. All events are announced in the Sunday Bulletin weeks before. A Certificate of Baptism (in the Catholic Church) is required for those not baptized at Holy Rosary Parish. If your child is not baptized or if your child was baptized in another Christian Church (Anglican, Lutheran, United Church, etc.) and you would like your child to be a member of the Catholic Church please call the parish office at 61-968-6829 as soon as possible.

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