What Jesus did for us at the Last Supper and on Calvary is truly made present for us in the Eucharist (Communion). At every Mass, we have the opportunity to receive the Eucharist – the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
The Sacrament of the Eucharist is celebrated regularly on Sunday and weekdays. (See the Mass Schedule for times and locations.) Communion Ministers take the Eucharist to area nursing homes and care facilities, and to the homebound. Those who wish Communion brought to their homes should contact the parish office. Information about Communion Ministers is on the Liturgical Ministries page.
First Eucharist is ordinarily celebrated in second grade. Because of the importance of this sacrament, the amount of information that second graders must learn, and per Archdiocesan policy, preparation for First Eucharist must start the year prior (or sooner) to the reception of the sacrament. Preparation includes sessions with the parents and children to supplement the classroom instruction. First Eucharist is a sacrament of initiation and, as such, is celebrated during the Easter Season.
- For those who attend St. Francis Borgia School, preparation for First Eucharist is part of the first grade school curriculum.
- For those enrolled in the parish Christian Formation program, preparation begins in first grade. Details regarding preparation and requirements are listed in the First Eucharist section of the Child Ministry page.
- Parents who anticipate homeschooling their first grader(s) need to meet with the appropriate parish staff to assure compliance with Archdiocesan policy. Please contact the Director of Child and Family Ministry at 377-1070, ext. 343, or send an e-mail.
Low-gluten hosts available
St. Francis Borgia Parish offers low-gluten Communion hosts for those who are gluten intolerant. For frequently asked questions about the use of low-gluten hosts, see Holy Communion for Those with Gluten Intolerance.
If you require a low-gluten host, please use the instructions below — or see an usher before Mass.
- Prior to Mass, go to the offertory gifts table in the gathering area. Use the tongs to take one host from the plastic container marked “Low-Gluten” and place it in the small gold vessel. We ask that an adult perform this for a child requiring low-gluten.
- Stand in the priest’s (presider’s) line for Communion. When you step up to the priest, point to the small gold vessel (hooked to the ciborium) and the priest will present you with the low-gluten host.
- Note: If you forget to place a low-gluten host in the small gold vessel, please refrain from receiving the Body of Christ at that Mass. This is because there will only be enough low-gluten hosts for those who had reserved a host for themselves prior to consecration at Mass. Instead, please partake only of the Precious Blood at that Mass.
- For printable instructions with illustrations, click here.