[quote="Miss_Primrose, post:4, topic:316928"]
Thank you, that explains it clearly, so some other questions....
Why do you have to attend mass every week but communion only once a year?:confused: if communion is so important why is it recommended as a minimum of once a year? I feel slightly embarrassed :o asking these questions as there is probably a really simple explanation.:blush:
Reception of Holy Communion at least once a year is tied in with how we should go to Confession at least once a year. The Church isn't saying that we should only do the minimum. She's only telling us what the minimum is. Ideally, everyone should avoid sin at all times and thus receive Holy Communion every Sunday. But because we have a tendency to commit mortal sins, and we don't always make it to confession when we need to, we can't always receive Holy Communion on every Sunday.
As Saint Paul has said, "Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died." -1 Corinthians 11:27-30