St. Peter’s Parish – Sacrament of Communion
The Eucharist and the importance of receiving:
It is the belief of the Roman Catholic Church that, after the prayers of consecration at Mass, the bread and wine truly are the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sadly, we are not yet in full communion with Christians of other denominations. Therefore, individuals who are not of the Roman or Eastern Catholic Rite are not permitted to receive Communion. However, you are invited to come forward at Communion time to receive a blessing from the priest or deacon.
If you have not been active in practicing your faith for some time or if you are in a state of serious (mortal) sin, the Church’s instruction is that you receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This will restore your relationship with God and the Church. You are then welcomed and encouraged to receive Communion. If your present state prevents you from receiving Communion, we encourage you to come forward to receive a blessing from the priest or deacon.
TO RECEIVE A BLESSING
You indicate that you wish to receive a blessing by approaching the priest or deacon with both arms across your chest in the form of an X.
TO RECEIVE COMMUNION
Most communicants prefer to receive Communion in the hand. Others may prefer communion on the tongue, either standing or kneeling. Whichever way you prefer, the Eucharist is to be consumed immediately.
COMMUNION FOR SHUT-INS
If you want to bring communion to a sick person and have a pyx (container to carry the host), please see a priest or deacon before mass. The lay Communion Ministers may not give you a host.