The Catholic Church welcomes and encourages all non-catholics to attend and participate in Holy Mass. All are welcome to pray, sing, kneel, and stand with all of those who are participating. The use of holy water, ashes, palms, may be received by all non-catholics. Only catholic's practicing their faith are invited to receive holy communion. If you would like more information regarding the Catholic Church or becoming a Catholic please feel free to speak to the priest after Holy Mass or call the Catholic Parish Center at (618) 544-7526.
Rules on Receiving Communion/Eucharist:
For Catholics 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 regular reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.
For those not receiving Holy Communion All 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.
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