Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

The Institution of the Eucharist

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to the disciples. ‘Take it and eat,’ he said, ‘this is my body.’  Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he handed it to them saying, ‘Drink from this, all of you,  for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. From now on, I tell you, I shall never again drink wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in the kingdom of my Father.’ 
NJB   Mt 26:26–29

What is the Sacrament of the Eucharist?

The Eucharist is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation, along with Baptism and Confirmation.  We celebrate the Eucharist whenever we attend Mass, and often people refer to receiving the Eucharist as receiving communion.  The word 'eucharist' means thanksgiving, while the word 'communion' means common union - both are very relevant in our understanding of this sacrament.  When we celebrate Eucharist we come together in common union as one body to offer our thanks to God for all that he has done for us.  
 
The Eucharist is more than simply a symbol reminding us of the Last Supper. In the sacrament, the very substance or essence of the bread and wine is changed completely. The Eucharist is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. This is why we say that the Eucharist is Christ himself, and as such is the is the very source and summit of our lives as Catholics.
  
 
 

Celebrating the Sacrament of the Eucharist in our Parish

We welcome you at any of our weekend Masses and look forward to meeting you .
 
Children in our Parish Schools usually celebrate  their First Eucharist in Year 4, and will undertake a program of formation during that year of education.   Other children wishing to celebrate their First Eucharist will also undertake a program of formation prior to receiving the Sacrament.
 
Sometimes there are good reasons why people, child or adult, may have missed making their First Eucharist.
If you,as an adult, would like to make your First Eucharist, or if you have a child  who would like to do this, please Contact Us to make an initial enquiry about how to go about remedying this.
 
UNABLE TO COME TO MASS?
 
Perhaps you are not well enough to leave your home, or perhaps you have a relative in a nursing home.  Please make contact with the Parish Office so that we can arrange for the Eucharist to be brought to you by one of our very willing helpers. We want to make it easy for you and your family to stay connected to the Eucharist as it is truly the source and summit of our faith lives!