“Do this is remembrance of me” Jesus, Luke 29:19
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the Real Presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. By God’s grace, acting through the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ at the altar. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. The Eucharistic Sacrifice is the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated. It is the source and summit of all Christian life and worship; it signifies and effects the unity of the people of God and achieves the building up of the Body of Christ.