As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are to receive Holy Communion reverently and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, one should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour prior to receiving. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of Christ without having received sacramental absolution in Confession, except for a serious reason when there is really no opportunity for going to Confession. In such a case, the person has the obligation to make an Act of Perfect Contrition and intend to go to sacramental Confession as soon as possible (CCEOCanon 711, CIC Canon 916). Frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) is encouraged for everyone.
For Christians not Receiving Communion
All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus Christ and with one another.
We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit non-Christians to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and unity of the human family.
For Catholics Married Outside the Church
A Catholic who has attempted marriage without the blessing of the Catholic Church may not be given the Holy Eucharist until the marriage is blessed by the Church.
Parents preparing their children for first communion should adhere to the following rules:
1. All candidates to first communion must be children of registered member of the St. Sharbel Church.
2. All candidates must have completed formation years at St. Sharbel Religious education program (Level 1 and Level 2) and are able to read and write.
3. Parents must attend the required meetings pertaining to the first communion preparation
4. Provide the signed form attached.
Your cooperation in preparing the children to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.