Holy Communion is receiving the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist that is consecrated at Mass by the priest. Holy Communion is received in the Body of Christ, the consecrated host and/or the Blood of Christ, the consecrated wine. Most Catholics receive their first Holy Communion around the age of seven or during the second grade. The religious education program at Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish and the religious education classes at St. Mary’s Grade School prepare the youth to receive their First Holy Communion and are part of the requirement for youth to receive their First Holy Communion. First Communion is scheduled each spring for the English and the Hispanic communities. Before receiving their First Communion, children are required to have celebrated their First Reconciliation.
A Catholic may receive Holy Communion each time they attend Mass, as long as they have not committed any mortal sins.