Eucharist | Communion
Eucharist is the sacrament of initiation that invites us to receive Christ’s Body and Blood. It is Christ’s special gift of Himself and it is the heart of Christian identity. Catholics believe that Jesus instituted the sacrament of the Eucharist at the Last Supper and celebrate it at every Mass. The Sacrament of Eucharist is offered daily at our parish, and at regular weekend Masses in English and Spanish. Scroll down this page to learn about First Communion at MQOA.
Sunday Mass is the center of our parish life. All are welcome. Because the Eucharist is so central to our lives as Catholics, each and every Sunday is a Holy Day of Obligation.
“‘This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me’. And likewise, the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant of my blood which will be shed for you.'” – Luke 22:19-20
Children/Youth Seeking First Reception of Eucharist
Congratulations! The first reception of the Sacrament of Eucharist is offered to baptized children who have reached the age of 7 years. Part of the preparation for this sacrament is to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Preparation for both sacraments begins in 2nd grade.
Adults Seeking First Reception of Eucharist
Becoming a Catholic/Seeking full communion (adults seeking the sacraments of Initiation)
An unbaptized adult may wish to explore becoming a Catholic. Every fall, a group of adults gathers to begin that process in our parish churches. They meet regularly with lay leaders and clergy to prepare. The group (known as the Catechumenate) moves in stages or steps toward Lent and the Easter Vigil when Baptism is celebrated.
An adult who was baptized in a Christian church may wish to come into full communion with the Church. A group similar to the Catechumenate receives instruction, guidance, and support. Reception into the church usually also takes place at the Easter Vigil. These individuals make a profession of faith but are not baptized again.
To prepare for this reception, the people, who are called “candidates,” usually participate in a program to help them understand and experience the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. Some preparation may be with catechumens preparing for baptism, but the preparation for candidates is different since they have already been baptized and committed to Jesus Christ, and many have also been active members of other Christian communities.