Neither have been back to St. Matthew’s since receiving the letter. To Vader, communion is the holiest of sacraments, and to be denied it has devastated her.
“This is the one food we all need,” she said. “Of all the sacraments, it’s the one that should be taken frequently.”
You have to be in a state of grace without grave/mortal sin!
From the USCCB:
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 frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.
Amy Welborn & The New Liturgical Movement report that a news conference is set for Tues. 3/13/07 at the Vatican when Pope Benedict XVI will release his new document (papal doc. on the Eucharist): Apostolic Exhortation (Sacramentum Caritatis) (Italian).
The document will be immediately available in English, Italian, Spanish,French, German, and Portugese.
When it comes out I'll post it!