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The Sacrament of the Eucharist in the Catholic Church

Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; …he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and … abides in me, and I in him” (John 6:51, 54, 56).


One of the seven sacraments of the Church, indeed the greatest of the sacraments, described by the Church in this way:


The Eucharist is the sacrament through which Christ the Risen Lord continues to offer himself to us so that we, the Church, might grow in faith and love, empowered to be Missionary Disciples who work tirelessly in proclaiming and building God’s Kingdom. Our celebration of the Eucharist is the memorial of the Lord’s death and resurrection in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries; it is the summit and the source of all Christian worship and life; it signifies and effects the unity of God’s people and achieves the building up of the Body of Christ. The other sacraments and all the works of God’s people are closely related to the Holy Eucharist and are directed to it (Canon Law 897).


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First Communion for Children

Our parish’s Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation is available for children who need sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion. According to diocesan guidelines, this is a two-year program. Here at Assumption Parish, a child usually begins in the first grade and celebrates First Eucharist in May of the second grade. Children in the second grade and above who have not begun preparing for the celebration of this sacrament are invited to participate in our parish program.


Our parish’s First Communion Program takes place on Sundays. It involves the entire family (parents, the child/ren preparing to celebrate First Eucharist, other siblings needed Faith Formation) and includes three essential elements: participation at the 9:30 a.m. parish mass with your family; breakfast with the other families who are enrolled in the Sunday program; breakup into various groups/classes designed for the children as well as the adults. The Sunday session ends around noon.


For additional information contact our director, Mary Beth Scott (631-588-6408 ext. 124) or by email, MScott@abvmcentereach.com.


First Communion for Adults

Adults interested in participating in full communion with the Catholic Church are invited to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Contact Fr. Joseph by phone (631-585-8760 ext. 102) or email (pastor@abvmcentereach.com) for more information.


Communion for the Homebound

If you or a family member cannot attend Mass and would like to have the Eucharist brought to your home, please contact the rectory by email (rectory@abvmcentereach.com) or phone (631-585-8760).