The Sacrament of the Eucharist in the Catholic Church
Jesus said: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live forever; ...he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and ... abides in me, and I in him" (John 6:51, 54, 56).
One of the seven sacraments of the Church, indeed the greatest of the sacraments, described by the Church in this way:
The Most Holy Eucharist is the most august sacrament, in which Christ the Lord himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. The Eucharistic Sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries, is the summit and the source of all Christian worship and life; it signifies and effects the unity of the people of God and achieves the building up of the Body of Christ. The other sacraments and all the ecclesiastical works of the apostolate are closely related to the Holy Eucharist and are directed to it (Canon Law 897).
First Communion for Children
The Family and Children Faith Formation Program is available for children who need sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion. Children in the 2nd grade and above are eligible to prepare for these Sacraments, provided they have been attending Mass, learning their prayers, and learning stories from the Bible. Classes are held Sunday mornings from 10:30-11:30AM from September until May in the pastoral center at St. Dominic's. There is also a home-program. For information, contact the Director of Family & Youth Ministries, Kathy Folan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 674-0446. Fill out and submit an CFF Registration Form at the Children's Formation Page.
FIRST COMMUNION FOR ADULTS
Adults interested in participating in full communion with the Catholic Church are invited to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Contact Michael O'Smith, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at (415) 674-0422 or email@example.com for more information.
Communion for the Homebound
Please contact Sr. Colleen McDermott, O.P., (415) 674-0432, if you or a family member cannot attend Mass and would like to have the Eucharist brought to your home.