“The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church’s life, for in it Christ associates His Church and all Her members with His sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice He pours out the graces of salvation on His Body which is the Church” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1322, #1407).
The Lord addresses an invitation to us, urging us to receive Him in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. To respond to this invitation, we must prepare ourselves for so great and holy a moment. Anyone conscious of grave (mortal) sin must receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to Holy Communion. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1384, #1385)
The Church obliges the faithful to take part in the Divine Liturgy (Holy Mass) every Sunday and holyday. But the Church strongly encourages the faithful to receive the Holy Eucharist still more often, even daily. To prepare for worthy reception of this Sacrament, the faithful should observe the fast (no food or drink, except water, one hour before Holy Communion). Gestures and clothing ought to convey the respect, solemnity and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1387)
Holy Communion at St. Clement
For children who have reached the age of reason (usually 2nd grade), this Sacrament is celebrated in the spring during the Easter season. A parent meeting is held in January. Children in the PSR and school must complete the sacramental preparation program before receiving First Eucharist. Home schooled children are required to contact the Rectory to make arrangements for instruction and materials. For more information, contact Barb Yoffie at (314) 822-1903.
Holy Communion to the Sick
For those who are unable to attend Holy Mass because of advanced age, weakness, or illness, Holy Communion is brought to one’s home. Please contact the Rectory to arrange a visit.