Eucharist – Holy Communion

The Eucharist is the ‘Source and summit of the Church’s Life’ according to Vatican II. (Quoted in: Catechism of the Catholic Church 1324).

During the Mass, through the action of the priest and the Holy Spirit, the host becomes the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. The faithful receive the Eucharist mostly in the context of the celebration of Mass – they go to receive Holy Communion.

One exception to this is when Communion is taken to those who are not able -usually because of illness or infirmity – to attend Mass. Either by a priest (or deacon) or by a Special (extra-ordinary) Minister of the Eucharist.

To find out how to arrange such a visit please look here. Mass is celebrated at least once each day at St Chad’s Mass times are here.

Silent Adoration of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is available in the Church at these times ( see here) Children of Year 3 age are invited to join a group to help them prepare to receive Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The application forms become available in church usually in October or November. The availability is announced at all Masses and families are invited to collect a form from church.

There is a publicised date in January which is the last date on which forms for that year can be accepted. The programme consists of Saturday morning sessions for the children (and occasionally parents), family activities and parents’ meetings. Children receive the Eucharist for the first time at First Communion Masses in June.

For 2021 the application procedure is closed. This year children will receive Holy Communion for the first time in July in a way which is compliant with Govt. and Archdiocesan Covid Guidelines.

Adults preparing to receive Holy Communion for the first time are invited to join the RCIA group – see Baptism page.