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Frequently Asked Questions
about
COMMUNION AND MARRIAGE

Q. 1 Are there circumstances under which a married person cannot receive Holy Communion in the Catholic Church?

A. 1 Yes, there are a few.

Q. 2 Can a Catholic who was married before a Justice of the Peace receive Holy Communion in the Catholic Church?

A. 2 A Catholic who marries before a Justice of the Peace can no longer receive communion (the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist) in the Catholic Church. By such an action, he/she has renounced his faith by getting involved in a non-Sacramental marriage.

Q. 3 Can a Catholic receive Holy Communion if he/she marries in a non-Catholic Church?

A. 3 A Catholic who marries outside the Catholic Church can no longer receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist because he/she has rejected his faith by becoming involved in a non-Sacramental marriage.

Q. 4 What about a Catholic living in a common-law relationship, can he/she receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist during the Holy Mass?

A. 4 A person who is living in a common-law relationship is in a state of mortal sin. As such, he/she cannot receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.



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