The Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of the Christian Life, completes Christian initiation.
At the last supper Jesus took the simple elements of bread and wine. He gave thanks and broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
The Church believes that Jesus Christ is truly present, body, soul, humanity and divinity in the Host , the bread that becomes His body, and in the cup of wine, that is His blood. We call this the “Real Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist.
As a community of faith, each week, and at every mass, we gather around the table of the Lord, centered in the Eucharist, to offer to God again with Jesus, His saving sacrifice. Through Jesus’ death on the cross, he won for us the victory over sin and death. Eucharist means, “Thanksgiving” and through the Liturgy of mass, we offer God ourselves in thanksgiving.
Preparation of children for reception of the Eucharist at St. John Neumann begins in second grade through the Religious Education Program.
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