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AC+ resources on the Sacrament of Holy Communion

Editors  |  09 March 2021

For our AC+ subscribers: Here are some resources that might be helpful in engaging staff and students in reflection and conversation around the Sacrament of Holy Communion.


Explorations: Keeping faith real
When we think of faith we often imagine people praying alone, thinking religious thoughts, and believing religious things. We imagine faith being in the mind and heart, not in doing things. Yet faith is as much about what we do as what we believe. The sacraments help keep our faith grounded in community and in action. 

Explorations: Why Sunday Mass?
Why do I have to go to Mass on Sunday? For generations children have asked their parents this question. Today many adults ask it too. It is an old and a new question, for though Mass remains the same, Sunday has changed.

Explorations: Changes in liturgy
Changes and difference in liturgy are always delicate and sometimes controversial. In this Explorations we explore the way the liturgy has developed.


Personal reflections

Do we have to go to Mass, Dad?
The mystery of the Eucharist is tough to grasp at any age. But in this interview with the Batticci family from Western Australia, we see even the youngest family members can have a strong sense of how going to Mass each week is a good thing. 
PLUS Reflection questions and activities for students.

Wining and dining with Jesus
The Mass differs from raucous Christmas or birthday lunches because of what is being remembered – the death of a righteous man who was the sinless sacrifice for our redemption. 
PLUS Reflection questions and activities for students.

Unguarded moments: Sharing Christ's table
When we gather together to celebrate the sacrament of the Eucharist in commemoration of the Last Supper we are invited to partake of the body and blood of Christ. At this table the main ingredient is also love, the love of God for his people, which transforms the bread and wine through the mystery of transubstantiation.
PLUS Activities for students.

Prayer blog: The gift of the Mass
I have a confession to make: I’ve become a Mass junkie. There’s a hunger that’s developed recently that seems to be a grace. I have been wary of it, asked myself if it’s authentic, but the sense of consolation I feel makes me believe that the Lord is blessing me at the moment.

Prayer blog: A journey back to Mass
Despite growing up Catholic and attending Catholic schools, until recently I had stopped regularly attending Mass. 

How do you Communion?
For us Catholics, the Eucharist belongs to us all. The sacrament is special, but we don’t have to be special to receive it.


The community of God

Prayer blog: Five different kinds of communion
I watched on with fascination recently as an elderly woman in our congregation received five kinds of communion.

Home truths: Mass with the bare essentials
As we prepared for a swift exit from Mass, a lady grasped my elbow. ‘It gave my heart so much joy to see your family bringing up the gifts’, she said with genuine warmth. Mrs Thomas chose not to see the unwashed clothes or exposed feet or complete lack of liturgical style. She saw a family trying their best despite their imperfections, and loved us. In that moment, Mrs Thomas was God to me.

Involving families in sacramental education
First Communion education at a suburban Melbourne parish is just the start to life-long sacramental learning.

Voices from the outside
Social justice is an important part of our faith. But is that always apparent in our liturgies?
PLUS Reflection questions for students.

Many ways to praise
Young people searching for a deeper experience of God will find a Mass that expresses their faith best.

Home truths: A field guide to your local parish
The post-Mass morning tea provides the amateur enthusiast a unique opportunity to examine Australian Catholics in their natural environment. Grab a cup of Earl Grey and a Scotch Finger biscuit and see how many you can identify.

Explorations: The future of the parish
Parishes grew out of the scattered communities of the early Catholic Church, and became places of gathering and celebration for centuries afterwards. Changes in today's society may mean that the Church needs to find new ways of bringing people together, but is there a continuing role for the local parish?

The Church in 2061
We asked writer Fatima Measham to imagine what the Church might look like in 50 years time, and how some of the technological possibilities we see today might change the way we connect with each other, and with God.

The changing face of the Church in Australia
The National Church Life Survey in 2006 found that there were around 708,600 Catholics at Mass on a particular weekend, or about 14 percent of the Census Catholic population. These attendance rates are even lower among Catholics under 50. Catholics may get baptised, married or buried in a church, and send their children to Catholic schools, but for the majority there is little connection with their local parish community.


Prayer and scripture resources

Prayer on Youtube
For Catholics, the Mass is the highest form of prayer, yet many teenagers do not understand what is happening when they are in attendance. ‘Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed’ is a unique learning experience, designed to guide and help students to come to experience the beauty and mystery of the Mass.

Scripture reflection: Christ is our food and drink (John 6: 51 - 58)
The Feast of Corpus Christi is an opportunity to reflect on the fact that Christ gave us his body and blood as spiritual sustenance.

Homily Notes: Feast of Corpus Christi Year A (John 6: 51 - 58)
One of the advantages of having a separate feast, Corpus Christi, devoted to the mystery is that it enables the Eucharist to be set in the wider scriptural context that has attended it from the beginning. Central to that context and brought out particularly by the readings set down for today is the tradition of the Israelites being fed during their Sinai wandering by ‘bread from heaven’ – by God’s gift of the manna.




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