Eucharist

The Eucharist is the most special sacrament, in which Christ himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. The Eucharistic sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries, is the summit and source of all Christian life and worship; it signifies and affects the unity of the people of God and achieves the building up of the Body of Christ.

Mass Schedule

The Blue Hills Collaborative provides 20 opportunities per week to come and experience the Eucharist! For a schedule of masses, please click here.

Additionally, Eucharistic Adoration is offered once a month, on the first Friday, at Most Precious Blood, from 12-2 pm.

In 2019, the dates of First Communion for Faith Formation Students will be:

  • St. Anne: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 11:00 am
  • Most Precious Blood: Sunday, May 5, 2019, 9:00 am (English), 5:00 pm (French/Haitian-Creole)
  • St. Pius X: Sunday, May 4, 2019, 4:00 pm

Regardless of parish affiliation, students and their families are welcome to celebrate First Communion at any of our three parishes. 


Intinction

After the 2nd Vatican Council, we were given permission to receive the body of Christ in our hands and to drink from the cup. Also introduced was communion by intinction (we were allowed to dip the host into the wine). That practice was short-lived and is no longer allowed. There are 2 practical reasons for this; the possibility of dripping the Precious Blood, and, for people who are glucose intolerant and drink from the cup, if others have dipped their host prior to the person with gluten allergies drinking from it, the Precious Blood is contaminated and could result in serious health consequences for those with allergies. We hope you understand and we ask for your cooperation. Thank you.


The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist

The liturgical life of the Church revolves around the sacraments, with the Eucharist at the center (National Directory for Catechesis, #35). At Mass, we are fed by the Word and nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ. We believe that the Risen Jesus is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is not a sign or symbol of Jesus; rather we receive Jesus himself in and through the Eucharistic species. The priest, through the power of his ordination and the action of the Holy Spirit, transforms the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus. This is call transubstantiation.

The New Covenant

I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever…Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and…remains in me and I in him. (John 6:51, 54, 56)

In the gospels we read that the Eucharist was instituted at the Last Supper. This is the fulfillment of the covenants in the Hebrew Scriptures. In the Last Supper narratives, Jesus took, broke and gave bread and wine to his disciples. In the blessing of the cup of wine, Jesus calls it “the blood of the covenant” (Matthew and Mark) and the “new covenant in my blood” (Luke).

This reminds us of the blood ritual with which the covenant was ratified at Sinai (Ex 24) -- the sprinkled the blood of sacrificed animals united God and Israel in one relationship, so now the shed blood of Jesus on the cross is the bond of union between new covenant partners -- God the Father, Jesus and the Christian Church. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, all the baptized are in relationship with God.
The Catechism teaches that all Catholics who have received their First Holy Communion are welcome to receive Eucharist at Mass unless sin a state of mortal sin.

Receiving the Eucharist changes us. It signifies and effects the unity of the community and serves to strengthen the Body of Christ.

As children reach the age of reason, generally around age seven, the Church extends to them an invitation to celebrate the sacrament of Eucharist. The initiation into the Christian community that took place at baptism is further extended by inviting children to enter fully into the heart of Christian faith through participation in the Eucharist.

The Eucharist is the sacrament by which Catholics receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. For Catholics, this is the most treasured gift given to the Church by the Lord at the Last Supper. In receiving the Eucharist, we are nourished by the Lord. The bread and wine used in the Mass are transformed in all but appearance into the Body and Blood of Christ.


The Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Eucharist:

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Jesus said: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; . . . he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and . . . abides in me, and I in him" (Jn 6:51, 54, 56).

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The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church's life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church.

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The Eucharistic celebration always includes: the proclamation of the Word of God; thanksgiving to God the Father for all his benefits, above all the gift of his Son; the consecration of bread and wine; and participation in the liturgical banquet by receiving the Lord's body and blood. These elements constitute one single act of worship.

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The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ's Passover, that is, of the work of salvation accomplished by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, a work made present by the liturgical action.

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It is Christ himself, the eternal high priest of the New Covenant who, acting through the ministry of the priests, offers the Eucharistic sacrifice. And it is the same Christ, really present under the species of bread and wine, who is the offering of the Eucharistic sacrifice.

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Only validly ordained priests can preside at the Eucharist and consecrate the bread and the wine so that they become the Body and Blood of the Lord.

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The essential signs of the Eucharistic sacrament are wheat bread and grape wine, on which the blessing of the Holy Spirit is invoked and the priest pronounces the words of consecration spoken by Jesus during the Last Supper: "This is my body which will be given up for you. . . . This is the cup of my blood. . . ."

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By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity (cf. Council of Trent: DS 1640; 1651).

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As sacrifice, the Eucharist is also offered in reparation for the sins of the living and the dead and to obtain spiritual or temporal benefits from God.

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Anyone who desires to receive Christ in Eucharistic communion must be in the state of grace. Anyone aware of having sinned mortally must not receive communion without having received absolution in the sacrament of penance.

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Communion with the Body and Blood of Christ increases the communicant's union with the Lord, forgives his venial sins, and preserves him from grave sins. Since receiving this sacrament strengthens the bonds of charity between the communicant and Christ, it also reinforces the unity of the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ.

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The Church warmly recommends that the faithful receive Holy Communion when they participate in the celebration of the Eucharist; she obliges them to do so at least once a year.

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Because Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, he is to be honored with the worship of adoration. "To visit the Blessed Sacrament is . . . a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord" (Paul VI, MF 66).

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  Having passed from this world to the Father, Christ gives us in the Eucharist the pledge of glory with him. Participation in the Holy Sacrifice identifies us with his Heart, sustains our strength along the pilgrimage of this life, makes us long for eternal life, and unites us even now to the Church in heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all the saints.














 

 


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What is Adoration?

Adoration, also known as Eucharistic Adoration, or Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, is a custom of honoring the Holy Eucharist outside of Mass, by exposing It, with proper solemnity, to the view of the faithful in order that they may pay their devotions before It, and also engage in silent prayer or meditation in the presence of Christ. Some parishes have a chapel for Perpetual Adoration, where the Blessed Sacrament is always exposed, 24 hours a day. Other parishes have certain periods set aside for Eucharistic Adoration. At the parishes of the Blue Hills Collaborative, Eucharistic Adoration is offered every first Friday of the Month from 12 – 2 pm at Most Precious Blood, and at other times during the year. 

Adoration opens with a song, “O Salutaris Hostia.” A consecrated host is placed in a vessel called a monstrance, which makes it visible to all in the church. Those present are encouraged to pray silently in front to the Eucharist. On special occasions, the leader (usually a priest) could offer prayers, Scripture readings, or a homily. At the end of the Adoration period, before the Eucharist is reposed to the tabernacle, the priest offers Benediction (text found on the inside back cover of every “Breaking Bread” missalette), and finishes with “Holy God, we praise thy name.” 


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