Eucharist

The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian Life.” Celebration of Eucharist occurs within the Mass. The Mass consists of two parts — the liturgy of the Word and the liturgy of the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the Word, the Scriptural readings are proclaimed and explained, and in the liturgy of the Eucharist during the Eucharistic prayer, Christ becomes present under the appearance of bread and wine. The church encourages the faithful to receive Holy Communion at every Mass if they are not in a state of mortal sin.

Those who are not in full communion with the Catholic Church and those who need to go to confession should not receive Holy Communion.

  • Weekday Mass is Tuesday and Wednesday at noon and Thursday and Friday at 8 am in the chapel
  • Our weekend liturgy schedule is Saturday, 5 pm (English) and Sunday at 8 am, 10 am (English), and 12:30 pm (Spanish) in the church
  • The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the tabernacle in the chapel and is available for private prayer and reflection Tuesday thru Sunday.
  • Exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Fridays after the 8 am Mass.

Eucharist to the Sick and Shut-in

Holy Communion is brought to parishioners who are unable to attend Mass. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion bring communion to persons in the hospital, nursing homes, and to those who cannot leave their homes. Please call the parish office at 972.938.1953 to make arrangements.

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Eucharistic Preparation for Children and Youth

To receive the sacraments, the church requires that we have an understanding appropriate to age and development level, of who and what we are receiving. For example, a child above the age of reason should understand the difference between the Eucharist and ordinary bread and wine. That is why this time with your children is so very special and important.

Eligibility for Preparation

Upon reaching the age of discretion, each child must receive catechesis adequate for a fruitful celebration of the Sacrament. This catechesis must be tailored to a child’s current academic, emotional and spiritual development. Preparation for the sacrament of Eucharist is a two year process than can begin as early as first grade. Children are expected to be active in the religious education program for two years and register for the sacramental preparation classes during their second year.

Parish membership or a letter from your previous parish is required before enrolling children in faith formation. Enrollment is usually in April and May for the fall semester, please watch the bulletin for more information.

Primary Teachers of the Faith

The role of the parents as the primary teachers of the faith is not replaced by the pastor or catechists. The pastor and catechists play a very important role and support the parents in the preparation and discerning the readiness of those receiving a sacrament.

Formal Preparation for children

Classes meet in the Religious Education building and times are every Sunday, during the school year:

  • Session 1: 9-9:45 am
  • Session 2: 11:15 am-12:00 pm

FORMAL PREPARATION FOR Youth

Classes for youth who need to prepare for First Communion are scheduled on as needed basis. Youth are expected to enroll and attend a youth program on Wednesday evenings. Please discuss your situation with the director of faith formation.

If you have questions or concerns about the First Communion program, please feel free to talk to your catechists or the director of faith formation.