Eucharist Through the sacrament of Eucharist, we gather to partake of the Body and Blood of Christ and to be strengthened to better live as the Body of Christ in our world.
Referring to the Body of Christ, St. Augustine admonished, "Become what you receive." When we gather for the Eucharistic liturgy (commonly called "Mass"), we are strengthened by God's Word and the sacrament of Eucharist. This sacrament is also a visible sign of our unity-- saints and sinners that we are—with Christ.
Who can receive Communion? Following in the footsteps of Christ, we desire to be an inclusive and compassionate community. We do not exclude anyone from the table of our Lord. We do not wage any "wafer wars," judging who is worthy or not to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord. Instead, we recognize that Jesus sat down to dine with public sinners (Mk 12:30-31). If within your heart, you feel the Spirit of the Lord inviting you to nourish yourself with the Body and Blood of Christ, by all means we invite you to share in the Eucharist with us!
Though most frequently celebrated on Saturday vigil or Sunday mornings, the Eucharistic liturgy can be celebrated by a bishop or priest at any time, anywhere, and for any intention. (See our IN-HOME MASS flyer on our site). Anyone can be admitted to the sacrament of the Eucharist, and no one is to be barred in this respect –all are welcome to the table. We want to celebrate “community” with you this is why we are offering IN-HOME MASSES.
As is the case with all sacraments and celebrations, no fee is charged for the celebration of the sacrament of Eucharist within the American Catholic Church; if, as a symbol of your gratitude to God, you wish to make a donation to the Our Lady of Mercy Pastoral Center and/or Fr. Frank. Since this is a ministry, and we are discussing the celebration of a sacrament, no person or family should ever feel that they cannot call me simply because of the cost.
Ordinarily I receive $280 for a First Eucharist and Reconciliation (First Confession). This stipend or honorarium is inclusive of: pre-sacramental preparation, all preparations for your ceremony, officiating, and processing the sacramental certificate. These services may vary based on the needs and desires of the family, or person receiving these sacraments.
If the offering listed above is beyond your means please let me know, we’ll work something out. I will never turn you away because you cannot afford the 'customary' offering. What is most important to me is that you have God’s blessing at your celebration for your child (children), and that you feel His love in your hearts and grow in holiness of life.
God richly bless you+ Fr. Frank, Pastor OUR LADY OF MERCY PASTORAL CENTER
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