In the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, we truly become one with Christ and one another as we receive His Body and Blood. The Real Presence of Christ in the form of bread and wine has been the perpetual teaching of the Church. In Holy Communion, Christ is given as real food for our pilgrim journey to the eternal banquet feast of Heaven. Reception of the Lord’s Body and Blood in Holy Communion signifies and is a communion with Christ and His Mystical Body, the Church.
As regulated by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Church states:
For Catholics: Catholics fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when they receive Holy Communion in fulfillment of Christ’s command to "eat His Body" and "drink His Blood." In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, Catholics should not be conscious of grave sin, have fasted for one hour, and seek to live in charity with their neighbors. Persons conscious of grave sin must first be reconciled with God and the Church through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A frequent reception of this Sacrament is encouraged for all.
For other Christians: We welcome to the celebration of the Eucharist those Christians who are not fully united with us. It is a consequence of the sad division in Christianity, that we cannot extend to them a general invitation to receive Communion. Catholics believe that the Eucharist is an action of the celebrating community signifying a oneness in faith, life and worship. Reception of the Eucharist by Christians not fully united with us would imply a oneness which does not yet exist, and for which we must all pray.
For those not receiving Communion: Those not receiving Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.
Those unable to attend Mass due to infirmity, disability or advanced age can arrange to have Holy Communion brought to them in their home. Please call the parish office to make arrangements.
Becoming a Member of the Catholic Church
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Catholic Church, and particularly a member of Assumption Parish, is warmly welcomed. As a parish family, we seek to be a welcoming community of faith, with our doors open to all who genuinely seek the Lord, desire to live the Gospel and are willing to accept the discipline and faith of the Roman Catholic Church.
For more information about joining the Catholic Church, please see Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
First Communion Records
To request a First Communion record, please call the parish secretary 314-487-7970, ext. 1215.