The Eucharist

The Crucifixion within the consecration

The Eucharist is
“the source and summit
of the Christian Life.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1324

Chalice

The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause
of that communion in the divine life
and that unity of the People of God
by which the Church is kept in being.

—Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1325


“The Church Draws Her Life From The Eucharist”

Pope St. John Paul II wrote these words in 2003 to express the truth that the making of the Church is not of human origin. When the faithful gather around the altar for the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass they are drawn by and for the Eucharist and become, not a social club, but the Church. It is the Eucharist, the Real Presence—Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity—of Jesus Christ in the Holy Sacrament that makes us who we are as a body. The Church is a Communion. We are what we do. Faith in and participation in the celebration of the Eucharist is why we do all that we do in this pilgrimage of life. In the Eucharist we find the source and summit of our faith, our hope and our love as Catholics.

Reprinted with permission from Oblates of the Virgin Mary at St. Francis Chapel / stfrancischapel.org.

Mary with the host

The Veil Removed

The Veil Removed is a short film intended to increase understanding of the Eucharist by igniting amazement through the miraculous beauty and truth of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This visually awe-inspiring film reveals the coming together of heaven and earth at Mass, as seen by saints and mystics, revealed by scripture and explained in the catechism of the Catholic Church. Sixty-five prayer warriors have prayed for this project every hour of every day for over five years. From inception, this project has been led by the Holy Spirit. You may view and get more information at the website, or just watch the video below.

“Immeasurable is the value of every Mass! Unfathomable is the grace made so accessible to us in the Mass, where Jesus Christ is ever present! It is here that a quality and abundance of life beyond this world is given to us.”
—The Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, Apostolic Exhortation: Veneremur Cernui – Down in Adoration Falling

Listen to Fr. Hurley speak as he unwraps the mystery of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This video was created at the beginning of the Year of the Eucharist celebrated in the Archdiocese of Boston between 2020–2022.

“When we realize that God’s love for us does not cease in the face of our sin or recoil before our offenses, but becomes even more attentive and generous; when we realize that this love went so far as to cause the passion and death of the word made flesh who consented to redeem us at the price of his own blood, then we exclaim in gratitude:
“Yes, the Lord is rich in mercy,” and even: “The Lord is mercy.”’
—Saint John Paul II, Reconciliation and Penance © Copyright - Libreria Editrice Vaticana
Altar with candles and monstrance

Eucharistic Reflections

See the Eucharistic Reflections page for reflections reprinted from the Saint Mary Parish Bulletin.