Jesus says "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life". Does not Jesus say in John 3:16 that whoever believes is saved? Must I receive the Eucharist? In John chapter 3 Jesus also says you must be baptized to be saved? Which of the three statements are correct; you must believe, you must be baptized, you must receive the Eucharist? Perhaps it is not which one, but all three. The Church is an essential part of our salvation, founded by Jesus and the Eucharist is Jesus' continued presence entrusted to the Church. God is everywhere, but the Eucharist, and the Church are... well.. in Church! We not only believe as individuals, but become members of His body, that is the Church. This is the fullness of salvation given and commanded by Christ.