The Eucharist has held a central place of prominence in the Church for over 2,000 years. Every time we gather for Eucharist we take part in the great mystery of faith. We believe that this sacred bread and wine are the Body and Blood of Jesus. When we eat his body and drink his blood, we will have eternal life.
The sacrament is initially celebrated as First Holy Communion by children who are in second grade. The Archdiocesan requirement is for grade school students to attend one full year of Religious Education prior to the sacrament year.
Adults who enter the Church through RCIA receive the Sacrament of Eucharist as part of the Easter Vigil celebration.
Holy Days of Obligation
Solemnity of Mary, January 1 - when it falls on a Saturday or Monday, it is not an obligation to attend Mass.
Ascension of Christ - seventh Sunday of Easter, one week before Pentecost Sunday
Assumption of the Blessed Mother, August 15 - when it falls on a Saturday or Monday, it is not an obligation to attend Mass.
All Saints' Day, November 1 - when it falls on a Saturday or Monday, it is not an obligation to attend Mass.
Immaculate Conception of Mary, December 8
Christmas, December 25