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"I have recently started attending Mass after several years of not attending at all. What do I need to do to receive Communion again?"

 

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That is wonderful news about returning to Mass. As far as receiving Holy Communion, that would really depend on your circumstances. If nothing else prevents it & you are properly disposed, you should be able to return after a good sacramental confession (perhaps a general confession may be in order...you might want to speak to a good priest about this). If there are other factors (e.g. divorce, 'remarriage', cohabitation, etc.), the situation would first need to be rectified. It would be best to speak with a priest so he can give you the particulars of what needs to be done in your specific situation.

In the meantime, if you'd like some general guidance with regard to confession, please visit here. For general information on Holy Communion, please visit here.

I think it is a wonderful grace from God that you have returned to Mass.

P.S. In answering your question, I have assumed that you are a baptized Catholic since you previously attended Mass. If that assumption is incorrect (e.g. if you previously attended Mass as a non-Catholic visitor), other preparations would also be in order. Again, you should speak with a priest about this as he can direct you more specifically about what is required in your particular circumstances.


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