Holy Communion

Holy Communion is a sacramental gift given to us by Jesus. The sacrament of Holy Communion consists of God's word combined with Bread and Wine to give us forgiveness. Holy Communion is the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ given with bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us to eat and drink. The benefit of this sacrament is pointed out by the words, given and shed for you for the remission of sins. These words assure us that in the sacrament we receive forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation. 


First Communion


You are ready to receive Communion when you trust God, believing that God's love comes to you through participation in the meal of bread and wine. Preparation and worthiness for Communion are simply a matter of faith. Christians are prepared and worthy when they trust that the words "for you" are meant for them. Trust in God is both the necessary preparation for sharing in the Lord's Supper and one of the blessings that comes from participation.  

First Communion for children takes place in November of each year.

Adults wishing to receive their First Communion should call the parish office at 815-385-4030.

Communion Frequently Asked Questions:


What is the Sacrament of the Altar? It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.

Where is this written? The holy evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and St. Paul write thus: "In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying:This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me."

What is the benefit of such eating and drinking? The words "given for you" and "shed for you for the forgiveness of sin" show us that forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation are given to us in the sacrament through these words, because where there is forgiveness of sin, there is also life and salvation.  

When do children make their First Communion? We believe most children are properly prepared to receive their First Communion when they are in the fifth grade.

How does my child prepare for First Communion? Attend worship services regularly, attend Sunday School classes, speak with your child at home and help them on their faith walk, attend Early Communion Training in the Fall.

When are Communion services? Communion is held on the first and third weekends of each month as well as during our mid-week Lenten service, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Eve and at Christmas.

Do I have to be a member of your church to receive Communion? No, we welcome all baptized Christians from all walks to join in Holy Communion with us.

What if I am not able to approach the altar to receive Communion? Simply inform an usher and pastor will come to you.  

Do I have to be baptized to receive Communion? Yes, we enter the family of God through baptism and Holy Communion is a gift which helps us to grow in our faith journey. Through baptism you are seated at God's table and prepared to receive Him. 









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