Eucharist (Communion)

Our young prepare for first communion in the third grade. It is ordinarily celebrated during the month of May.


Low gluten hosts

Available for those who may need it. [Please consult your doctor. The low gluten hosts we use are approved by the USCCB. The gluten content is <.001% or 10ppm.] On any given day, we try to keep at least 5 consecrated low gluten hosts in the tabernacle. If you are new to the parish or visiting, please notify either the priest or deacon before Mass begins to let us know that you require a low gluten host. As you approach for Holy Communion and reach the priest, let him know that you require the low gluten host. He will then give you communion from the pyx containing the consecrated low gluten hosts.

Guidelines For Receiving Communion

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, communicants should not be conscious  of grave sin, have fasted for an hour, and seek to live in charity and love with their neighbors. Persons conscious of grave sin must first be reconciled with God and the Church through the sacrament of Penance. A frequent reception of the sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.

For Other Christians

  • We welcome to this celebration of the Eucharist those Christians who are not fully united with us. It is a consequence of sad divisions 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 of the community. 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 Sacramental Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful. desire or unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.

For Non-Christians

  • We also welcome to this celebration those that do not share our faith in Jesus. While we cannot extend to them an invitation to receive Communion, we do invite them to be united with us in prayer. Printed by order of the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy National Conference of Catholic Bishops 1312 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005 November 8, 1986.