HOLY EUCHARIST

We’ve read about the “Last Supper” in the Gospels which concerns the last meal that Jesus shared with his disciples on the night before he died. This meal played a unique role in his mission, and now, in ours as well, as we journey through life.

When Jesus shared the last supper with his disciples he said to them, “Do this in memory of me”. Through this meal Jesus was announcing his approaching sacrificial death. He wanted to perpetuate – across the centuries – His loving sacrifice on the Cross for all mankind. He wants us to remember this sacrifice which saves us and continually transforms us.

The Eucharistic liturgy we celebrate today is the exact enactment of His last supper, where we gather together in worship, read the Word, break the bread (which is His body) and receive Him into our hearts so that we can go forth on our mission, fortified with this spiritual food.

What does the Eucharist mean for us today?

“In the Eucharist, Christ is always renewing His gift of self, which He made on the Cross,” says Pope Francis. “His whole life is an act of total sharing of self out of love.”

This means that Jesus, by becoming broken bread (food) for us in the Eucharist, pours out all of His mercy and love, which when received in faith renews our hearts, our minds, our lives, and our way of relating to Him and to the community we are in.

We often hear the phrase, “we are what we eat”. This means that when we receive Holy Communion regularly, we are being transformed into becoming more like Jesus, with the ability to love, forgive, and comfort a hurting world.

Thus, the mission and the very identity of the Church flows from the Eucharist, which is designed to lead us to encounter Jesus.

Guidelines for receiving this sacrament in our Parish

  • If you want your child to receive this sacrament, he or she must have been baptized in the Catholic Church and should have received the sacrament of reconciliation last year, or prior.
  • Your child’s baptism certificate (if baptized outside of our parish) must be attached to the enrolment forms, which will be available with the parish sacrament coordinator.
  • Enrolment workshops will be scheduled each year where you may state your intention and receive an enrolment pack.
  • The completed enrolment form can be submitted to the parish office during scheduled Masses.
  • Parent and child workshops will be conducted, helping your family prepare for this most holy sacrament.
  • The First Eucharist Masses for the year are planned well in advance so that you may choose the option most convenient for you.
  • There will be a First Eucharist reflection day which is a preparation for the final service.

Did you know?

The word for ‘thanksgiving’ in the original Greek text is the word ‘eucharistia’, which means “to show favor for what is good; to be thankful or full of thanks and praise.” The prefix ‘eu’ means good, and the noun to which it is attached, ‘charis’, means favor or grace. So the word ‘eucharistia’ has the idea of expressing good favor toward someone, or in other words, to be thankful.
This is the word from which we get the word, ‘Eucharist’ (the celebration at the Lord’s table). When we celebrate the Eucharist (communion), we are literally expressing thanks or good favor to Christ for His sacrifice for our sins. 

(Please download our Sacrament Program Booklet, here).

To understand more about this wonderful sacrament, please contact Emily D’Sylva, our sacrament coordinator on 9704 7935 or email her at: emily@olhc.org.au

Catholic Resources

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Here’s Fr. Steven Bell giving us a simple and refreshing insight into the Holy Eucharist in this edition of “Sacraments 101,” a web video series geared for those who’d like an introduction or refresher course on these important, tangible Catholic experiences of God.

holy-eucharist_pope-cat-res-1Pope Francis says that the Eucharist is a source of encounter, forgiveness, and nourishment. Read the article here.

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Pope Francis tells parents that it’s important for children to make their First Communion. Read the article here.