Participating in Mass

The Catholic Church believes that the Risen Christ becomes truly present, but in sacramental form under the appearances of bread and wine. Many other Christian churches believe the Eucharist is only a symbol of Christ's presence or the remembering of Jesus.

While Catholics are encouraged to receive communion every time they participate in the celebration of Mass, they are to receive communion at least once a year, during the Easter time that is the first Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday.

Since Catholics believe that one receives the Risen Christ, truly present in his transformed body, but many of our Christian brothers and sisters in other traditions view communion as a "remembrance" of the Last Supper, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops provides the following guidelines on the reception of communion:

For more information, contact:

Pat Gleason
Pastoral Assistant for Liturgy, First Reconciliation and Communion
pgleason@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3018