Holy Eucharist is both a sacrifice and a sacrament. The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word "eucharistia," which means “a giving of thanks.” Scripture tells us that at the Last Supper, Jesus “gave thanks” as He took the bread and wine into His hands. The Mass is the divine action in which Jesus, through the free and willing instrument of the priest, changes the bread and wine into His own Body and Blood, continuing through time the offering of Himself for mankind. The change from bread and wine to the real presence of Christ is called "Transubstantiation." The act by which we receive the Holy Eucharist is called Holy Communion. We might say that the Mass is the “making” of the Holy Eucharist and Holy Communion is the receiving of the Holy Eucharist.
Eucharist for the Homebound
St. Dominic Catholic Parish has a ministry to the sick and homebound in which trained members visit, and offer Eucharist when desired and requested by homebound parishioners. If you wish to bring Eucharist to someone who is ill and unable to attend Sunday Mass, please contact us to prepare for this ministry. Some of the procedures include always carrying the Eucharist in a pyx, keeping it in a safe spot, and treating it with utmost reverence. The Eucharist should be brought to the homebound person directly following Mass or upon receipt. Instructions
First Holy Communion
All children who are of the age of reason (age 7) are eligible to prepare for their first Holy Communion. Preparation includes:
- Enrollment and participation in child formation classes or the day school for at least one year prior to the reception of the Eucharist.
- Enrollment and participation in child formation classes or the day school during the year of reception, which includes formal preparation for first reconciliation in the fall and first Eucharist the following spring.
- Participation in all components of the immediate preparation program.
- Active membership at St. Dominic Catholic Parish.
- Weekly attendance at Sunday Mass.
For children over the age of 8 years old, please contact Mrs. Irvine in the Parish Center.
Contact: Child Minister, Stacey Irvine, 262.781.3480.