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Receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist

  • Requirements

    As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently.

    In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour.

    A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916).

    A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.

     

    Children

    The Sacrament of First Holy Communion is celebrated typically during 2nd grade after a two year preparatory program beginning in 1st grade.  Children who join the program after second grade can make special arrangements with the Office of Religious Education for reception of the sacraments.  

    Please contact us at red@stmaryriverside.org for more information.  

    Adults

    Adults and teens who have been baptized but who did receive their First Holy Communion should complete the RCIA Program.

    For more information please contact Deacon Randy Belice at 708-447-1020.