Services & Sacraments
As a Catholic community our life is centred on the celebration of the Eucharist; every day we gather to hear the Word of God and to share in the Body and Blood of the Lord.
On Holy Thursday 2003, Pope John Paul II published an encyclical letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia (“On the Eucharist and the Church”) in which he said:
‘The Church draws her life from the Eucharist …
In a variety of ways she joyfully experiences
the constant fulfilment of the promise:
“Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20),
but in the Holy Eucharist,
through the changing of bread and wine
into the body and blood of the Lord,
she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity.
Ever since Pentecost,
when the Church, the People of the New Covenant,
began her pilgrim journey towards her heavenly homeland,
the Divine Sacrament has continued to mark the passing of her days,
filling them with confident hope.
The Second Vatican Council rightly proclaimed
that the Eucharistic sacrifice is the
“source and summit of the Christian life” (Lumen Gentium, 11).
“For the most holy Eucharist contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth: Christ himself, our Passover and living bread.
Through his own flesh, now made living and life-giving by the Holy Spirit, he offers life to men” (Presbyterorum Ordinis, 5).
Consequently the gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar,
in which she discovers the full manifestation of his boundless love.’
This parish community is particularly blessed to be dedicated to the mystery of the Eucharist - we are Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ.