Tag: Eucharist

Eucharist is a taste of heaven on earth, pope says

Eucharist is a taste of heaven on earth, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

By receiving the Eucharist at Mass, Christians are given Christ’s same spirit and a taste of eternal life, Pope Francis said.

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Transubstantiation: Not as difficult as it sounds

Transubstantiation: Not as difficult as it sounds

| Father Michael Van Sloun | July 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Transubstantiation is a doctrine or a core belief about the Eucharist. It is a technical theological term and a matter of faith that is often experienced as an intimidating concept, almost beyond comprehension, and difficult to explain. Yet, it is taught to our second graders at St. Bartholomew in preparation for their reception of first holy Communion, and once their sacramental preparation classes are completed, they are expected to be able to explain it to their parents.

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The Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins

The Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins

| Father Michael Van Sloun | June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

One of the greatest blessings and least known facts about the Eucharist is that, in the reception of holy Communion, a person’s venial sins are forgiven.

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Vatican asks German bishops to set aside plans for eucharistic sharing

Vatican asks German bishops to set aside plans for eucharistic sharing

| Cindy Wooden | June 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has asked the Catholic bishops’ conference of Germany not to publish nationwide guidelines for allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass, but to continue having diocesan bishops judge specific situations.

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Cardinal: Communion cannot be shared with friends like beer or cake

Cardinal: Communion cannot be shared with friends like beer or cake

Holy Communion is exclusively for Catholics in a state of grace and not something to be shared between friends like beer or cake, said a former senior adviser to two popes.

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Spring shows signs of the divine life

Spring shows signs of the divine life

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | May 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

On the Fifth Sunday of Easter, we read at Sunday Mass one of my favorite passages of Scripture — the image of the vine and branches from John 15:1-10.

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Seeking who God wants him to be

Seeking who God wants him to be

| May 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ben Richards recently gave a talk about the importance of the Eucharist in his life.

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Pope asks German bishops to try to find unanimity on Communion question

Pope asks German bishops to try to find unanimity on Communion question

Pope Francis asked the bishops of Germany to continue working together to find broader consensus on guidelines for allowing a Protestant married to a Catholic to receive the Eucharist.

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Marriage and Communion: Norms address interchurch couples

Marriage and Communion: Norms address interchurch couples

| Cindy Wooden | May 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

The German bishops are not the only bishops in the world to propose or adopt pastoral guidelines for allowing an Anglican or a Protestant married to a Catholic to receive the Eucharist under certain circumstances.

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German bishops, Vatican officials to meet May 3 to discuss Communion

German bishops, Vatican officials to meet May 3 to discuss Communion

| Cindy Wooden | April 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Six German bishops will meet with officials from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts to discuss German plans to allow greater access to the Eucharist for Protestants married to Catholics.

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The great ‘I am’

The great ‘I am’

| Father Terry Beeson | April 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Whenever I proclaim the Gospel of John at Mass, it is not uncommon for me to encounter an episode when Jesus makes an “I am” statement. And when I do, I really try to give the words an extra oomph, a little more emphasis: “I AM the bread of life …” “I AM the light of the world …” “I AM the Good Shepherd …” “I AM the resurrection and the life …” “I AM the way and the truth and the life …”

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The powerful effects of the Eucharist

The powerful effects of the Eucharist

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

The most holy body and blood of Christ, the Eucharist, is a rich source of abundant blessings, and it has many powerful effects.

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