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. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. The third of the three sacraments of initiation, the Sacrament of Holy Communion is the reception of Christ’s Body and Blood. This sacrament is the source of great graces that sanctify us and help us grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ.
To request a Mass for a personal intention or for one’s loved ones on a particular day. A priest normally celebrates at least one mass during the weekend as Pro Populo (for the people). Which is intended for all the living and the deceased members of the parish.
Mass intentions are given to the respective priests of one’s language group and offered on the day of commemoration.
Please remember, that the Parish may change the date or time of a Mass intention when a priest is unavailable or if there are any unforeseen changes in the Mass schedule.
According to Canon Law (Church Law) the parish reserves the right, when there are too many Mass intentions that can be celebrated in a given year, to have those Masses sent to the missions in order that the intention be honored in a timely manner.
A stipend is a fixed pay, salary; retribution for work done; the income of an ecclesiastical living. In canon law stipend is a general designation of means of support (sustentatio congrua or congrua) provided for the clergy. The custom of giving offerings to have Masses said for specific intentions is a commendable one and should be maintained as much as possible. Church teaching and Canon Law (nos. 942-958) provide important guidelines on how to preserve the dignity and appreciation of this practice. Overall, it should be well noted that Mass offerings are never to be viewed as a means of parish fundraising; rather, they are intended as part of the faithful’s direct support of the priest. Furthermore, the appearance of trafficking in sacraments or sacramentals is to be avoided (Canon 947); and access by the poor to have Masses offered for their intentions is to be preserved (Canon 945, §2).
Again, thank you for your understanding and patience.
Reception of First Holy Communion
The first Holy Communion is usually carried out at an age of 7-8 years. Preparatory lessons are arranged with the priest of the language community, the child belongs to.