"What material food produces in our bodily life, Holy Communion wonderfully achieves in our spiritual life. Communion with the flesh of the risen Christ, a flesh "given life and giving life through the Holy Spirit," preserves, increases, and renews the life of grace received at Baptism. This growth in Christian life needs the nourishment of Eucharistic Communion, the bread for our pilgrimage until the moment of death, when it will be given to us as viaticum."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1392)

The Holy Eucharist is one of the sacraments in the rite of initiation in the Catholic Church.  
The Eucharistic celebration, the Mass, is celebrated every day but Mondays at St. Mary Parish.
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First Holy Communion
2nd grade students in St. Mary Catholic School and our Parish School of Religion Program (PSR) prepare and receive First Holy Communion.  Adults participate in the RCIA program.  Information in preparation for the Sacrament of the Eucharist for our 2nd grade students is distributed through the St. Mary School and Parish School of Religion (PSR) programs.

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The community of Newton is blessed to have Perpetual Adoration available.  The Adoration Chapel is at Our Lady of Guadalupe, located at 421 S. Ash st.   The chapel is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  All are welcome, anytime.

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Who Can Receive Communion?

The Holy Eucharist is the most important of the seven sacraments because, in this and in no other sacrament, we receive the very body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. Innumerable, precious graces come to us through the reception of Holy Communion. 

Communion is an intimate encounter with Christ, in which we sacramentally receive Christ into our bodies, that we may be more completely assimilated into his. "The Eucharist builds the Church," as Pope John Paul II said (Redemptor Hominis 20). It deepens unity with the Church, more fully assimilating us into Christ (1 Cor. 12:13; CCC 1396). 

The Eucharist also strengthens the individual because in it Jesus himself, the Word made flesh, forgives our venial sins and gives us the strength to resist mortal sin. It is also the very channel of eternal life: Jesus himself. 

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