The Eucharist is “the source and summit of Christian life.” (Lumen Gentium, 11) This means that it is the nourishment our spirits need, and it is the closest we can be to Christ while we live our human existence.
The Eucharist is the third of the sacraments of initiation, because in the early church, it was the meal shared by the community after one had been welcomed into the doors of the church in Baptism, made the promises of Confirmation, and then shares in the meal with the community. Receiving the body of Christ is the closest we may come to Christ while in this life. Eating and drinking food keep us alive; eating and drinking the Eucharistic meal sustains our spirit, and helps us grow in our life, always mindful of the commitment we made to be as Christ wants us through Baptism and Confirmation.
The Eucharist represents Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. It reminds us of the love of God to bring God’s word into human history, of the sin of humankind that rejects God’s love, and of the infinite mercy of God, who restores us when we are willing to accept this love. It is the ultimate way we can respond to God’s offer of love, and a way that we as Catholics, continue to remind the world that we live in eternal hope.
The Eucharist is celebrated at St. Louis de Montfort Church at the following times:
- Saturday evening at 5:00 PM
- Sunday morning at 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 AM
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday mornings at 8:30 AM in the parish chapel [Thursdays on school days, in the church]
- On Wednesday and Saturday mornings there is a Communion Service at 8:30 in the chapel.
There is an hour of Eucharistic Adoration on Saturdays from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in the chapel.
The homebound who wish to receive the Eucharist should call the Parish office at 708-599-5300 to arrange for a Minister of Care to visit them.