If you are in need of this service, please call the Parish Office.
4:00 pm (Sunday Vigil Mass)
8:00am., 10:00 a.m., 12:00pm, 6:00pm
“Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” – John 6:52-58
While Jesus engaged in His public ministry, healing the sick and forgiving sins, the people were touched by His love and enjoyed His presence. Many desired that He would stay with them in their village, as St Mark records how the disciples tell Jesus, “Everyone is looking for you.” (cf. Mk 1:37). However, Jesus had to go onward to the other villages. Yet He, too, desires to be with His people.
At the Last Supper, Jesus gives us Himself in the Holy Eucharist. In Holy Communion, we receive His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. In this way, Jesus fulfills the desire of those who seek Him. In Holy Communion, Jesus unites us in His Mystical Body. We receive life and love and grace from Him. St. Paul warns the Christians of the importance of being truly prepared in our hearts to receives, Jesus, our Lord, “Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (1 Cor 11:28).
It is true that Jesus is even more perfectly present to us in Holy Communion than He was to the people in the villages He visited in first century Judea. However, even in his native town of Galilee “he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith” (cf. Mt 13:58). The Blessed Virgin Mary is our model of Eucharistic faith, as Pope Bl. John Paul II observes:
“If the Eucharist is a mystery of faith which so greatly transcends our understanding as to call for sheer abandonment to the word of God, then there can be no one like Mary to act as our support and guide in acquiring this disposition. . . . Mary seems to say to us: “Do not waver; trust in the words of my Son. If he was able to change water into wine, he can also turn bread and wine into his body and blood, and through this mystery bestow on believers the living memorial of his passover, thus becoming the ‘bread of life’” (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 54)Regarding the Holy Eucharist, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:
Parents of children in second-grade (both in the St. Anne Parish school & St. Anne Parish Faith Formation program) should receive notification of important dates and meetings in November.
If you are a parent of a child in second grade and have not received this information, please contact the Faith Formation Office. Children must be enrolled in Religious Education either through the school or parish program.
For questions concerning First Eucharist please contact: Meghan Larsen-Reidy, Director of Sacramental Preparation: email@example.com