Eucharist

Children's First Communion Preparation


Children seven years and older who wish to receive their First Holy Communion must complete a two year Religious Education program through the Faith Formation Program. Sign-ups are during the summer months. Due to the large number of students that register, we only accept registrations from families registered at St. Justin Martyr Parish. If you are not a registered family but attend St. Justin Martyr Church, we ask you to register in the parish. 



Adolescents (14 and older) who have not done their First Communion are asked to registered with the Confirmation Program


First Holy Communion preparation is included in the first and second grade curriculum of the students attending St. Justin Martyr Parish School.



Adult First Communion Preparation

Adults wishing to receive the sacrament must take the preparation available through the Adult Faith Formation, meetings are on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Parish Center through out the year.

You are welcome to attend any time of the year but it may affect the date of when you will be receiving the Sacrament. 


Eucharist for the Homebound and the Sick

Our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are fingerprinted volunteers who offer distribution of the Eucharist to those hospitalized, sick, or homebound parishioners. Please contact the Parish Office if you or someone you know wants to have the Eucharist brought to their home or care facility.

 

 



Instructions for Receiving Communion

1.     Who can receive communion in the Roman Catholic Church?  Any Catholic in good standing can receive communion.  If you have been away from attending Mass for a long time (sickness does not count as being away) you should really consider going to confession before you begin receiving communion again.  If you are married in any ceremony outside of the Catholic Church or were not given permission to marry outside the Catholic Church, you should have your marriage blessed before receiving communion.  If you are a member of any of the Orthodox Churches, you are allowed to receive communion in the Catholic Church, but please be aware of your Church’s teachings about receiving communion in the Roman Catholic Church.  And of course if you are a member of any of the other Eastern Rite Churches, like the Byzantine Catholic Church, you may receive communion. 

2.    Members of Protestant Churches and Non-denominational Churches are not allowed to receive communion in the Roman Catholic Church.  There are many theological differences that would need to be resolved before that can happen.  We continue to hope and pray for Christian unity in the future.

3.    If you bring a friend or relative to Mass who is not Catholic, you are responsible for explaining to your guest that they are not allowed receiving communion.  Please do not think the priest or any of the Eucharistic Ministers have an insight as into anyone’s soul and can distinguish who is Catholic or not when they come to communion.

4.    When you come to communion, the Bishops of the United States have asked us to all do the same.  Going to communion is a sign of our unity in Christ. Just before you receive the Body and Blood of Christ, you are to bow.  You are not to genuflect.  It is not a holier gestor to genuflect.  If you think that genuflecting or kneeling is somehow better, you are in dis-union with your brothers and sisters in the Lord, so you are not in communion.  You also pose a hazard for anyone who is behind you who is focused on receiving our Lord and counting on you to follow the correct way of receiving communion.  Many people have tripped over someone who decided to genuflect or kneel for communion.

5.    You are given the option of receiving the Body of Christ in your hand or in your mouth.  If you are receiving in your hand, place you non-dominate hand on top of your dominate hand, so if you are right handed, you would place your left hand on top of your right hand.  For people who are left handed, then you would place your right hand over your left hand.  Create an altar with your hands.  After receiving the Body of Christ, take a step aside and place the host in your mouth.

6.    If you choose to receive the Body of Christ in your mouth, please open your mouth wide enough for the minster to place the host in your mouth without having to have contact with your mouth.  Remember, if you lick the minister’s fingers, that minister will be placing the licked fingers in someone else mouth.

7.    For obvious sanitary reasons, receiving the Body of Christ in your hands is preferred.  No one will force you to receive on your hands.

8.    Whether you receive in your hand or in your mouth, please be clear as to what is your intention.  If you come up to receive Communion and you have your hands extended and you mouth open it is very confusing.  You will receive the host in your hand in this case.

9.    You have the option to receive the Blood of Christ.  It is an option.  If you are afraid of germs, don’t receive from the cup.  If you are sick, don’t receive from the cup.  When the minister says “The Blood of Christ” your response is “Amen.”  Take the cup from the minister and take a small sip of the Blood of Christ.  There are a few people who believe the whole cup of the Blood of Christ is for them alone and drink a large amount.  Please take only a small sip.  After taking your small sip, hand the cup back to the minister and return to your seat for a time of quiet prayer.

10.The Roman Catholic does not practice or allowing the dipping of the host into the cup.  This practice is known as intinction. If you receive only the Body of Christ, you are receiving the whole of Christ.  Yes, it is a fuller sign of receiving both the Body and Blood of Christ, but the Roman Catholic practice is to actually drink from the cup.

11.  At communion time, the hospitality ministers or ushers are responsible for watching that everyone who received the Body of Christ consumes the host.  That said everyone is responsible to make sure that the host is consumed immediately after receiving.  If you see someone bring the host to the pew or start to walk out the door, either ask them to consume the host, give it to you or notify the nearest hospitality minister/usher.

12. Those that cannot receive communion are welcome to come forward for a blessing.  We ask that those coming forward for a blessing at communion cross their arms across their chest and bow their heads to receive a blessing. 

13. There is a little confusion from time to time because members of Eastern Rite Church come to receive communion with the same posture of their arms crossed over their chest.  We ask our brothers and sisters to follow the custom of the Roman Catholic Church when communion.  We will follow the custom of your Eastern Rite Church when we visit.

14. Parents of babies and small children often have their child in their arms.  It might be easier and safer if you received communion in the mouth.  That way you have your child secure in your arms and still maintain reverence for the Holy Eucharist.