"The Eucharist is the 'source and summit of the Christian life.' 'The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch'." - The Catechism of the Catholic Church 1324
The 'Sacrament of Communion' is "the source and summit of the Christian life." It is another step into full initiation of the Catholic Church. Participating in the Eucharist unites us most fully with the Holy Trinity -- God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit -- and with one another. We join with Christ and the community of believers in giving thanks and praise to God the Father.
The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ's Passover. It is thanksgiving and praise to God the Father. It is the sacrificial memorial of Christ and his Body. It is the presence of Christ by the power of His word and of His spirit. This is our Catholic faith. We believe that the bread and wine, offered at Mass, truly become for us the Body and Blood of Christ. Sunday Eucharist is the center and summit of our life as Catholics!
First Communion is normally celebrated in the Spring of Grade 2. We require attendance in Grade 1 as a prerequisite to entering Grade 2. Special programs are offered for children in higher grades who need preparation for this sacrament.
Hospital and Home Visits Priest, deacon and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion from St. Anna’s visit area Hospitals when informed of Catholics hospitalized there as well as the homebound regularly. Catholic patients in metro hospitals receive the sacraments from the neighboring Catholic parish, and ministers from St. Anna’s visit when possible. Most hospitals no longer inform the church of a parishioner's admission. Please call the parish office if you or another parishioner will be hospitalized or homebound.
Scriptural support abounds in both Old and New Testaments! From Father Abraham’s son Isaac carrying the wood of his sacrifice upon his back to the Passover meal to manna in the desert there are many allusions to the Eucharist. Our Lord states emphatically “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.” (Jn 6 53-55) See also: I Corinthians 11:23-26
- A nursery is available during the 8:30 and Noon Masses.
- Coffee and donuts in parish hall following the 8:30 Sunday Mass.
- Adult Education offered in parish hall when School of Religion in session.
- School of Religion classes are from 10 a.m. till 11:30a.m. during season.
- Children's Choir sings at 8:30 Mass, once a month.
Our Youth Choir sings at Noon Mass, periodically.