Eucharist

The Church draws her life from the Eucharist

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

We are fortunate at St Michael's to have the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the Adoration Chapel 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Anyone can come and sit in the quiet serenity of Jesus' presence.

The chapel is open for you at any hour of day or night.  For safety reasons, you will need an access code to get in between the hours of 9:00 pm and 6:00 am.  

To get the code, please call Dick at 925-980-4826 or Manny at 925-337-0741 in advance.  Security cameras are in place throughout the church property.

The majority of the time in the Adoration Chapel is reserved for silent prayer.  However, there are a few hours dedicated for group rosary prayers.  All are welcome to come and pray with us.

Spoken Prayer Hours

Once inside, all that is required is for you to be quietly respectful.  Because Catholics understand that Jesus is fully present in the Eucharist, we acknowledge Him by genuflecting as we enter and when we leave.

This is your time with Jesus, and it may take many forms.  Primarily, simply basking in His presence, praising Him and allowing your heart to open is at the core of Eucharistic Adoration.  Many people enjoy praying the rosary, reading Scripture, writing in their journals or listening to music through headphones. Enjoy the Lord's peace and healing!

If you would like to make a regular, weekly hour in Adoration, please email Adoration@StMichaelLivermore.com to sign up.  Or you can complete a form available in the chapel and leave it in the forms envelope.

Kathy Mauldin

Chapel Schedule Manager

Eucharist FAQ

Faith Formation registration is open May through September.  Classes begin in October for the school year.  First Communion preparation is a two-year process.

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The process for adults to prepare to receive First Communion is called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). The first step is to come to Inquiry gatherings on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm in the Convent, which is diagonally across from the church.

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Catholics who have received sufficent formation and celebrated their First Communion must meet conditions to continue receiving Communion.  They are as follows:

1. Be in a state of grace, meaning no mortal sins on your soul. 

2.  Must believe that the Eucharist is truly Jesus' body, blood, soul and divinity.

3. Must observe the Eucharistic fast, meaning no food or drink (except water) for an hour before receiving.

4. Must not be must not be under an ecclesiastical censure.

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Scripture is clear that partaking of the Eucharist is among the highest signs of Christian unity: "Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread" (1 Cor. 10:17). For this reason, it is normally impossible for non-Catholic Christians to receive Holy Communion, for to do so would be to proclaim a unity to exist that, regrettably, does not. 

Another reason that many non-Catholics may not ordinarily receive Communion is for their own protection, since many reject the doctrine of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Scripture warns that it is very dangerous for one not believing in the Real Presence to receive Communion: "For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died" (1 Cor. 11:29–30). 

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What We Believe

Sacraments 201: Eucharist (what we believe)