At the heart of all parish life is the celebration of the Eucharist. When Catholics receive the Hoy Eucharist, we believe that we are receiving the body and blood of Christ, our risen Lord and Savior. Catholics are encouraged to receive the Eucharist frequently. They are expected to be free from grave or mortal sin and normally should have fasted for one hour.
We always welcome our fellow Christians to the celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. Under normal circumstances, they are not admitted to Holy Communion.
When Catholics enter the church, they usually genuflect in the direction of the tabernacle, because the Holy Eucharist is held in reserve there to be given to the sick and dying when necessary.
Children in the second grade will attend classes to prepare for their first reception of the Holy Eucharist. This year, these classes will start on October 1st. Saint Joan of Arc typically celebrates first communion during the 11 AM Mass the first Sunday in May.