The Sacrament of the Eucharist is also referred to as the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration during Mass are the bread and wine; and by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Sprit, they become Christ's Body and Blood.  The Eucharist is the "Source and Summit of Christian life" and of the Catholic faith.  It is the Sacrament that provides spiritual nourishment to believers, and it is the Sacrament we return to on a weekly basis.  By receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist, we are nourished in our spiritual life, so that we can become Christ's Body to the world and share the Good News. 

Our Parish Community gathers together to receive the Eucharist and give thanks to God, four days during week-day Masses and at weekend Masses.  Please view the Mass Schedules of Immaculate Conception and St. Patrick Churches for Mass dates and times.  Catholic children in our Parish prepare for a total of one year prior to receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist, in order to receive their First Holy Communion, in the Second Grade. 

If you have a child about to enter First Grade and would like him or her to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist (Holy Communion) in Second Grade, or if you are an adult Catholic who has not received this Sacrament and would like to, please contact the Parish Office for more information (815-589-3542).

Diocese of Rockford Sacramental Requirements