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Jesus Christ shares himself with us through the Holy Eucharist. The act by which we receive the Eucharist is called Holy Communion. Baptized Catholics living in the state of grace can receive Holy Communion at Mass. Those receiving Holy Communion should not receive the Sacrament without confessing any grave sins, and they should fast for one hour beforehand. Please reference the Mass Schedule for a Mass time that best suits your schedule.
Eucharist Preparation: First Communion
Children in St. Luke School or the Religious Education Program receive their First Communion each spring toward the end of second grade. These children must be baptized and have received two years of religious formation in a parochial school or religious education program before they can receive this sacrament. Parents are involved in the preparation of the child for First Communion.
Older Children & Adults
Older children and adults prepare for First Communion through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). These candidates receive their First Communion at the Easter Vigil Mass.
- Reconciliation is available after the Saturday 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Luke Church or on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at St. Bernardine Church.
- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – The Sacrament of the Eucharist video
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First Communion for students at St. Luke School and the Religious Education Program will be on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at St. Bernardine Church. First Communion for participants in the RCIA program is TBD.
Communion for Those Who Cannot Attend Mass
Parishioners who are homebound or in nursing homes or hospitals can remain closely united to the Lord Jesus through regular reception of Holy Communion. Ministers of Care bring Holy Communion to you.
This ministry is currently suspended due to the COVID pandemic, but we expect to resume offering home visits again soon.
Please contact the Parish Office at email@example.com or 708-771-8250 if you would like to receive Holy Communion at home through the Ministry of Care.