Holy Eucharist

About the Sacrament

The Sacrament of the Eucharist is both a sacrifice and a meal. It has its origin in the Last Supper when, on the night that he was betrayed, Jesus instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of His Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until He comes again. We do this in memory of Jesus because he told us to. Remembering is not just about looking back to a past event that happened long ago, but participating in that event in a real, although invisible way. The Eucharist is called the “Source and Summit” of the Catholic faith because in the Eucharist, we encounter the Real Presence of Jesus: His Body and Blood present under the appearance of bread and wine.

Receiving Holy Communion

Children are generally prepared to receive their first Holy Communion when they reach the second grade. They are prepared through a special program and must already be attending religious education classes (which we call Faith Formation here) or attending Catholic grade school. Find more information on our First Eucharist page.

Older children may be prepared separately from the second graders. For further information, please contact Maggie Agra at 614.876.1272 EXT. 233 | MAGRA@STBRENDANS.NET

Adults who have not yet received first Holy Communion and wish to do so are asked to contact our parish office to speak to one of the priests.

We provide the Eucharist to our parishioners who are homebound due to illness or mobility issues. We also visit 17 area independent, assisted and nursing care facilities within our parish area to provide communion to residents in rooms or during a scheduled service.

Please contact us to let us know of your or your loved one’s need for communion.

Jennifer Rice | 614.876.1272 EXT. 227 | JRICE@STBRENDANS.NET