This sacrament is called one of the Sacraments of Initiation because it brings us into the fullness of our life in Christ. As members of the Church, we are required to receive Communion – the True Body and Blood of Jesus Christ – at least once per year as part of our Easter duty, however, the Church urges us to receive more frequently – daily if possible.
Receiving Holy Communion worthily brings us graces that affect us both spiritually and physically. Spiritually, our souls become more united to Christ though the graces we receive and through the change in our actions that those graces effect. Frequent Communion increases our love for God and our neighbour. This love then expresses itself in action and brings us into deeper communion with Christ.
Holy Communion can be received at St Peter’s Church at the following times:
8:00am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 6:30pm
2:15pm for the African Community
4:00pm (2nd Sunday of every month) for the Indian Community (preceeded by Sunday School at 2.00pm)
10:00am & 6:30pm
7:00pm (Monday only) followed by Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal – except bank holidays
If we cannot receive Holy Communion physically because we cannot go to Mass or because we are aware of having committed a mortal sin and need to go to Confession first, we can pray an Act of Spiritual Communion. In this we express our desire to be united with Christ and ask Him to come into our soul. Although not sacramental, if it is prayed devoutly it can be source of grace that can strengthen us until we can receive Holy Communion again.