“I am the living bread that came down from heaven…Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” (Jn 6:51, 53)
As Catholics we believe that The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” It’s importance is clear in the central nature it has in our worship and lives. Indeed, our liturgy is truly a Eucharistic Liturgy, a memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection, a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity. We believe that 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 in this sacrament.
The Catholic Church calls us into a community where we will never truly worship alone. At Mass we gather together the young and the old, the rich and the poor with our neighbors and those around the world in celebration of Christ’s sacrifice. As a community the Eucharist teaches us about human dignity, calls us into a trusting and loving relationship with God, ourselves, and others. As the Body of Christ, it sends us on mission to help transform our communities, neighborhoods, and world as stewards of God’s gifts and ministers to His people.
For something so important and central to our lives as Catholics the Eucharist itself is rich in mystery and yet full of grace. Bread and wine are woven into the early history of God’s people. From Melchizedek’s offering a sacrifice of bread and wine for Abraham’s victory (cf. Gn 14:18) through the Exodus from Egypt and the instution of the passover meal where the consumption of a sacrificed lamb, blessed bread, and wine was an act of thanksgiving to God. But, before being given up to death Jesus gave a new meaning to the sacrificed lamb, bread and wine.
The Eucharist at OLG
Communion for the Homebound
If you or someone you know is homebound and would like to receive communion, please contact the parish office by phone at 215-757-7700.
If you would like to become a homebound communion minister, we welcome you to the team. Communion ministers are scheduled once a month and may bring communion any day of their assigned week. Training is provided. Please call the parish office at 215-757-7700.
First Holy Communion Information: If you have any questions concerning First Eucharist, please contact the Office of Religious Education at #215-757-5530.
Combined Practice PREP & School students:
Holy Communion for Weekend Mass at OLG:
We are always in need of individuals to assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion at our Weekend Masses. If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister and willing to go through the proper training please contact the parish office at (215)757-7700.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at OLG:
The Eucharist is exposed for adoration on Wednesday in our Chapel. The Eucharist sits on the altar from 8:30 AM until 6:00 PM. Come let us adore Him!