"At the Last Supper, on the night He was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood. This He did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until He should come again, and to entrust to His beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of His death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us [no. 1322 Catechism of the Catholic Church]." "The Eucharist is 'the source and summit of the Christian Life.' The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ Himself, our Pasch [no. 1324 Catechism of the Catholic Church]."
First Eucharist Preparation
Preparation for First Eucharist is a rooted in the family and the parish community. Those who were baptized in the Catholic Church as infants are to be led to eucharistic communion when they reach the use of reason [generally the age of seven]. Thus, children typically begin their formal faith formation to receive First Eucharist as they enter the second grade. After a period of catechesis, followed by a retreat, the children receive the Eucharist for the first time on the Fourth Sunday of Easter at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. For more information about preparing for reception of First Eucharist for your child, parents are invited to call 412-321-3186.
Communion for the Homebound
Parish members who are ill or otherwise unable to celebrate Mass each Sunday because or injury or recovery from surgery may request to receive Holy Communion in the home. Father Vincent and parish Eucharistic Ministers distribute Communion to the homebound on the first Friday of each month following the 12:05 p.m. Mass. For more information on this ministry please call the parish office.