The liturgical life of the Church revolves around the sacraments, with the Eucharist at the center (National Directory for Catechesis, #35). At Mass, we are fed by the Word and nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ. We believe that the Risen Jesus is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is not a sign or symbol of Jesus; rather we receive Jesus himself in and through the Eucharistic species. The priest, through the power of his ordination and the action of the Holy Spirit, transforms the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus. This is call transubstantiation.
By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity. (CCC 1413)
First Eucharist Requirements:
Baptized children who are 6 years of age (first grade) are prepared for their First Eucharist (First Holy Communion) by their parents and catechists in conjunction with the Parish Formation Program. This program consists of a two year process for both the child and parents. Religion classes are conducted at St. Catherine Church on Sundays from 8:30am to 9:20am at St. Catherine School.