While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mt 26:26-28; cf. Mk 14:22-24, Lk 22:17-20, 1 Cor 11:23-25)
“Recalling these words of Jesus, the Catholic Church professes that, in the celebration of the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the instrumentality of the priest.” The U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops
First Holy Communion
Holy Communion, the reception of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist, symbolizes and increases fellowship and union with Jesus and other baptized Christians in the Church. Reception of First Holy Communion requires preparation through our parish Religious Education program. Please contact the Director of Religious Education, (904) 777-3168, for details.