Eucharist / Holy Communion
The liturgical life of the Church revolves around the sacraments, with the Eucharist at the center. At Mass, we are fed by the Word and nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ. We believe that the Risen Jesus is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is not a sign or symbol of Jesus; rather we receive Jesus himself in and through the Eucharistic species. The Priest, through the power of his ordination and the action of the Holy Spirit, transforms the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus. This is call transubstantiation.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and....remains in me and I in him. (John 6:51, 54, 56)
As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. Children normally make their First Communion before they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is also sometimes called the Eucharist.