St. Anastasia Parish

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Holy Communion

​The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith (CCC #1324), and so we adore and treat the Eucharist with all the love and respect he deserves because the Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ.  When the priest says the words of consecration at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus. 
 
Who can receive Holy Communion?

Anyone who is in a state of grace can, and should, receive the Eucharist as often as possible, especially on Sundays when we are expected to be at Mass to celebrate our Lord’s triumphant resurrection.  What does it mean to be in a state of grace?  It means that you are in right relationship with God.  If you are unsure of your relationship with God, please feel free to talk to a priest for guidance and help. 
 
Are you or someone you know elderly and/or homebound?

We have Ministers of Care who will come bring the Eucharist to you at home and pray with you while you recover from illness or because you are unable to leave your home permanently.  Please call the Parish Office and let us know so we can come pray with you and bring you or your loved one the Eucharist.
 
Ministers of Care
 
Ministers of Care are pastoral, sacramental ministers who visit sick, elderly, and physically or emotionally challenged persons in hospitals, nursing homes, and individual homes for shared prayer and Eucharist.  
 
Being a Minister of Care means being an active participant within the community of believers who live and pray in the belief that suffering and death have meaning in Jesus.  Ministry of Care to the Sick is a service offered to people at vulnerable and painful times in their lives. The person who cares for the sick and shut-in needs to have specific qualities and gifts, including a listening presence, compassion and empathy, a non-judgmental mindset, confidentiality, commitment and follow-through, prayerfulness, a gentle demeanor, and commitment to continuous training and spiritual development.