This is what we are posting. I hope that this helps. MGuidelines for Receiving CommunionThe following Guidelines for Receiving Communion must be included in a prominent place in all participation aids in the same type used for the responses of the assembly.
For CatholicsAs 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.
For Other ChristiansWe welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ's prayer for us "that they may all be one" (Jn 17:21).
Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 § 4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 § 3).
For Those Not Receiving CommunionAll who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.
The mass is "celebrating the Eucharist". Anyone is invited to mass. That's what that means. Only Catholics, in the state of grace can receive the Eucharist.Posted by agapecarrie
I have a question, M, about the language in the section for 'Other Christians'. I actually had a question about this since it's kind of ambiguous language and I've definitely gotten mixed messages about this. Are they basically saying that if you are not Catholic (as opposed to another Christian faith) that you shouldn't participate? This may seem like a stupid question but let me clarify since this actually came up between my mother and I the other day... My parents are not Catholic but had me attend Catholic school all my life (the best private schools in our area just happened to be Catholic). So I had the same religious education as all of my other Catholic-raised friends. When it came around 1st Communion time I told my parents that I thought I wanted to be baptized and participate in the Catholic church. My parents had no problem with this but they actually expressed their concerns to the priest at my parish that they would not be able to fully participate in my religion with me when I was a child. My priest (who has since left the parish and is now very high up there in authority so I'm assuming he must be doing something right) actually told my parents that he was fine with my parents taking communion with me even though they were non-Catholic. My parents believed in what communion represented but not everything else about the Catholic church so that's why they never joined themselves. To this day, when they go to Mass with me they still receive communion with me as a part of my religion. I guess I just never though anything of it since our priest said he was fine with it. I just wanted to make sure I understood that language correctly. Maybe it's still saying the same thing my priest said to my parents (since they were Christian) but the language is losing me a bit.Posted by eshaufle