“The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, it is our union with Christ himself.”–Catechism of the Catholic Church
As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. The Church sets out specific guidelines regarding how we should prepare ourselves to receive the Lord’s body and blood in Communion.
To receive Communion worthily, you must:
- be in a state of grace
- have made a good confession since your last mortal sin
- believe in transubstantiation
- observe the Eucharistic fast of one hour
- be free of any ecclesiastical censure such as excommunication.
Communion may be received either in the hand or on the tongue. You may also receive from the cup, but we respectfully ask that you bypass the chalice if you are experiencing any signs of illness.
We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our Catholic faith. While we cannot admit them to Communion, we ask them to come forward with their arms crossed over their chest to receive a blessing from the priest. Or they may remain in their seats and offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family.
Receiving the Sacraments while Homebound
Ill health should never separate a person from the Sacraments. If you, or a member of your family, is homebound please contact the Parish Office: 706-548-6332 to arrange a visit from an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion or to request a visit from a priest for a private Confession.
First Holy Communion
Children preparing for First Holy Communion are usually in conjunction with that of First Reconciliation, a two year program called Basic Faith I and Basic Faith II.
*Adults making their First Reconciliation and Communion will receive these Sacraments within the context of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program (RCIA), along with Confirmation.
*Teens making their First Reconciliation and Communion will receive these Sacraments within the context of our Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens program (RICA for Teens), along with Confirmation.