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As promised during the face-to-face formation, we are offering resources for all the faithful to help prepare for Mass and prepare to receive Holy Communion with care and reverence.

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“I held the Host with two fingers and thought: How small Jesus made Himself, in order to show us that He doesn't expect great things of us, but rather little things with great love.”
—  Blessed Mother Teresa

Preparing Ourselves for Mass

As the face-to-face sessions were being held for those involved in liturgical ministries, several people made suggestions to how the faithful can prepare themselves for Mass. These practical tips are offered here for your consideration. By working together, we can create powerful liturgical experiences that engage our head, hearts, hands, and voices.

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Additional Resources

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Franciscan Media

The Eucharist is a complex mystery. None of us—no matter how learned, no matter how holy—can fully grasp it.

Catholics Come Home

The miracle of God’s physical presence to us at every Mass is the truest testament to Christ’s love for us and His desire for each of us to have a personal relationship with Him.

Word on Fire

Bishop Robert Barron offers an explanation of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

US Bishops Conference

The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Basic Questions and Answers

Catholic Answers

Jesus first repeated what he said, then summarized: “‘I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.’

National Catholic Reporter

Using two questions, one on belief in and another on knowledge of the real presence, Catholics can be divided into four distinct types.

Relevant Radio

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. But it is also one of the most misunderstood aspects of the Catholic faith.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

How do we celebrate God's gift of Holy Communion? Take a look at the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Growing Up Catholic

Each time we celebrate the Eucharist we deepen and more perfectly complete our own Christian initiation. We enter ever more deeply into Christ, putting on Christ more fully as a garment, living with Christ forever.