The purpose of the Eucharist
We know that each of the Catholic sacraments produces its own special effect or effects. If the purpose of all sacraments were simply to give a single kind of grace, one sacrament would be enough; there would have been no need for our Lord Jesus to have instituted seven. The sacrament of the Holy Eucharist was instituted as a food, a spiritual food. That is why the outward sign of this sacrament—the appearances of bread and wine—is a sign of nourishment, just as in Baptism the outward sign is water, a sign of cleansing.
The action by which we as individuals receive the Holy Eucharist is an act of eating. We swallow the appearances of bread and wine under which Jesus is present. This is the action which we call Holy Communion.
As the Catechism’s section on Holy Communion and the Eucharist says:
The Lord addresses an invitation to us, urging us to receive him in the sacrament of the Eucharist: “Truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” [Jn 6:53] (_Catechism_, 1384)
*Please enjoy this 3-minute video from our friends at 3MC on the Eucharist. *
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
215 N 13th St
PO Box 148
Fort Calhoun, NE 68023
Daily Mass Monday thru Friday (except holidays)
Saturday Mass Times
Sunday Mass Times
Sacrament of Penance:
Saturdays: 4:15-4:45 PM
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Business Office Hours
Monday - Friday:
9 am - 2 pm
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