The Sacrament of Holy Communion:
Catholics in the West normally make their First Communion before they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Sacrament of Holy Communion which is the the reception of Christ's Body and Blood, is historically the third of the three sacraments of initiation. This sacrament is the source of great graces that sanctify us and help us grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ.
The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist
This Sacrament was instituted as the Holy Eucharist at the Passover meal the day before He died. (Luke 22:14-20) and the early Christian Community dedicated themselves to the breaking of bread in fellowship (Acts 2:42). The Holy Eucharist is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. At Mass, when the priest pronounces the words of consecration, "This is my body…this is my blood" the substance of bread is changed into the Body and Blood of Jesus and the substance of wine is changed into the Body and Blood of Jesus. Catholics are required to fast one hour before receiving Communion (except those aged over 65) and if anyone is not in the State of Grace, they are to go to Confession before receiving Holy Communion. Only Catholics are allowed to receive communion at the Holy Mass. Non-Catholics may come forward with arms folded across their chests and receive a blessing. We show our respect and belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist by genuflecting as we enter the Church. In our parish, we expose the Blessed Sacrament for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament before all weekday Masses.