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Holy Eucharist (Mass)

The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. 

At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us. 

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1322-1323

Frequently asked questions

How do I prepare for my First Communion?


To prepare for first Confession or First Communion, please see our other ' Sacrament' pages. ​




How can I get in contact with a Priest?


The priests of St. Mary Parish can be contacted through the parish secretary (203) 562-6193 or through the ' Contact Us' Page.




When can I attend Mass or Adoration?


See the Parish ' Home' for Mass and Adoration times.




Who can attend Mass?


Anyone can attend Mass! Those who are not baptized in the Catholic Faith or are in Mortal sin may come forward in the communion line with their arms crossed over their chest, in order to receive a blessing from the priest, in lieu of Holy Communion.





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