Communion is the third sacrament of initiation in the Church. In it we are nourished and strengthened for our daily lives. We believe that Jesus Christ is fully present - Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. The bread and wine are not symbols, but signs of his Real Presence.

Although we normally receive Communion during Mass, if someone is homebound by illness, a Priest, Deacon or Extraoardinary Minister of the Eucharist will bring the Eucharist to that person. A simple phone call to Deacon   Doug or Maria Braswell at 615 367 0085 can arrange it.

The Church asks two simple things from each of us in order to receive the Eucharist. First, we must be in a state of grace - free from all serious sin. Second, we must fast from all food and drink (other than water or medications) for one hour prior to receiving.

You may receive the Eucharist in the hand or on the tongue. It is appropriate to make a gesture of reverence prior to receiving the Eucharist, such as bowing the head. The priest, deacon, or Extraordinary Minister will say, "The Body of Christ," and the correct response is "Amen." When offered "The Blood of Christ", the response is again "Amen."

Preparation for First Communion takes place at St. Ignatius during the Second Grade and is coordinated by the Director of Religious Education Deacon John Calzavara 615 367 0085. Traditionally, First Communion is held in May .



The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. (CCC 1324)

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