The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.
"At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1322 & 1323)
The reception of Holy Communion is normally received at Mass, in which the communicant has actively participated. However, we are also aware that there are many who would like to receive Holy Communion but are unable, for a variety of reasons, to come to Mass. Because of this, St. John XXIII has a very active Communion to the homebound ministry. To schedule either a one time, short term, or regular visits, please call the parish office (614) 920-1563.
First Holy Communion
The first reception of the Holy Eucharist is celebrated on the weekend of the third Sunday in May. Parents have a primary role in the sacramental catechesis of their children. They have the gift and the responsibility to nurture a spirit of faith in their children. To assist parents, materials will be provided to help them work with their child as he or she prepares to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion. This is in addition to the curriculum of our Parish School of Religion or Catholic school.
These materials will be distributed at a special meeting with parents held in February of each year.