Holy Communion — By Communion is meant the actual reception of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. As Catholics we believe that the Eucharist is the celebration of Jesus becoming one in substance with the bread and wine. Our reception of Body and Blood join us with the Body and Blood of Jesus and also with everyone who receives the Eucharist. This is the Holy Communion, a communion of us with Jesus and with everyone in the Church.
Ascetic writers speak (a) of a purely sacramental reception; that is, when the Eucharist is received by a person capable indeed of the fruits but wanting in some disposition so that the effects are not produced; (b) of a spiritual reception, that is, by a desire accompanied with sentiments of charity; and (c) of a sacramental and spiritual reception, that is, by those who are in a state of grace and have the necessary dispositions. It is of this kind there is question here. For real reception of the Blessed Eucharist it is required that the sacred species be received into the stomach. For this alone is the eating referred to by our Lord (John, vi, 58). Under the moral aspect will be considered, in reference to Holy Communion: necessity; subject; dispositions. The liturgical aspect will embrace: minister of the sacrament; method of administration.
The Diocese of Cleveland requires all parishes to provide a Sacrament preparation process separate from the Family Parish School of Religion Program and the Catholic School program.
Students from Saint Clement Parish and Saint James Parish prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion together. Parents of students preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion are invited to attend an informational meeting on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Saint Clement Parish Hall. First Reconciliation will be celebrated in late November 2016.
Parents, it’s never too early to help your child learn the Act of Contrition prayer by heart.
Act of Contrition
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance,to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
For more information please contact Parish Catechetical Leader Colleen Houk at 216 226-5116 or firstname.lastname@example.org