The Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. Holy Communion is the act of receiving the real presence of Jesus Christ's body and blood, transubstantiated from the bread and wine during Mass. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
Common Questions - Holy Eucharist
Receiving the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ under the appearance of bread and wine.
Catholics are obliged to attend Holy Mass on all Sundays and holy days of obligation. The holy days of obligation are: December 25th (Christmas), January 1st (The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God), 40 days after Easter Sunday (the Ascension of Jesus), August 15th (the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary), November 1st (All Saints’ Day), and December 8th (Feast of the Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary). This obligation is meant to be seen in light of love and devotion to Jesus, responding to His invitation out of obedience, not mere duty.
If one misses Mass due to a serious illness or an unforeseen event, then he or she is encouraged to read the Mass readings for that week and reflect on the words of God as revealed in the Bible.