The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation, those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and are configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist (CCC 1322).

 The sacrament of the Eucharist is our family meal.  It is the sacrament in which Jesus shares Himself most completely with us.  On the night He was betrayed, Jesus ate the Passover meal with His disciples, offering the bread and cup with the words, "This is my body” and “this is my blood” (Matthew 26:26-28)  He asked the disciples to do what He did in His memory, and the church continues to celebrate this meal in the Mass.