The Eucharist, often called Holy Communion, is the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We believe that He is truly present, and that this sacrament is not just a sign or symbol. While the accidental properties remain the same (taste, touch, appearance) its actual substance truly is transformed into Christ Himself during every Mass. As Catholics, we encounter Jesus in the Eucharist in several ways.
During the Mass, we consume the Eucharist, allowing Jesus reside within us, transforming us.
In Eucharistic Adoration, we present Jesus in the Eucharist for all the world to see and adore. We bring him our praise and petitions as we spend time in silence, prayer, and sung worship.
At Divine Mercy, in accordance with the Diocese of Syracuse and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, reception of the Eucharist is available to all practicing Catholics or members of a faith in full communion with the Catholic Church, such as the Eastern (Byzantine) Catholic Church. Catholics begins receiving Holy Communion as early as second grade.
If you are a parent or guardian interested in having your child make their Holy Communion, visit our Youth & Family Ministries link for more information.