As Catholics we believe Jesus when He says, "This is my body, this is my blood." We know that He is God and can do anything. He is God who is truth, so He cannot lie. We believe that Christ is fully present, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Eucharist.
"The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. In a variety of ways she joyfully experiences the constant fulfillment of the promise: "Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age" (Mt 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity. Ever since Pentecost, when the Church, the People of the New Covenant, began her pilgrim journey towards her heavenly homeland, the Divine Sacrament has continued to mark the passing of her days, filling them with confident hope.
The Second Vatican Council rightly proclaimed that the Eucharistic sacrifice is "the source and summit of the Christian life". "For the most holy Eucharist contains the Church's entire spiritual wealth: Christ himself, our Passover and living bread. Through his own flesh, now made living and life-giving by the Holy Spirit, he offers life to men". Consequently, the gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the full manifestation of his boundless love. (Ecclesia De Euchristia #1)
"At the Last Supper, on the night when He was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of His Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the Sacrifice of the Cross throughout the centuries 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 eaten, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us." (Mysterium Fidei #4)
Adolescents: Preparation takes place in the 2nd grade religion class, either in the school or in the Religious Education program. Children in the second grade of St. Michael Catholic School and Religious Education Program make their First Communion in the spring of every year.
Adults: If you are an adult who wishes to be prepared to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time, the RCIA is the place for you.