The Eucharist (from the Greek eucharistia, “thanksgiving”) is the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, in which he is present under the forms of bread and wine offering himself in the Sacrifice of the Mass and giving himself as spiritual food to the faithful. 1

Also known as Holy Communion, the Eucharist was instituted by Christ himself at the Last Supper “in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.” 2

Because the Eucharist is sacred to Catholics, the Church asks only those to approach the sacrament who are one in belief with the Church and who are in the state of grace.

For information on Eucharistic preparation for children up to the 2nd grade, contact Religious Education Director Shannon Pryce at (313)274-4500. Older children and adults seeking preparation to receive the sacrament should contact Fr. Patrick Stoffer at the same number or by e-mail at

1 Catholic Encyclopedia, Rev. Peter Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.L., editor, 1991, p. 368
2 Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 47, the Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy

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