I have conflicting information about how to pursue by goal of feeling comfortable understanding the Eucharist, and if I can receive it or not.
I was baptized Catholic as a baby and we attended church semi-regularly until my parent's marriage became rocky and they divorced. I never received Communion or beyond. Through late childhood to early adulthood, I occasionally attended church. We moved frequently, and life brought us hours from nearby Catholic Churches.
Lately we have been attending regularly. However, I do not know if I am allowed to receive the Eucharist at mass. My mom, who attended Catholic school, said I cannot. Others say I can since I was baptized. I do not know, so I do not. But I always feel like I am the only one not doing it, and I can't imagine that everyone in our church has completed their sacraments to that point.
My husband was never baptized but we wish to officially make him Catholic, although he has called himself Catholic his entire life. His parents never emphasized religion in life. We have just both chosen to remain Catholic and do what we can. I would imagine it is true that he also cannot receive the Eucharist?
I would like both of us to get with the program. Our daughter will be starting our local Catholic school soon (kindergarten) and we have wanted to be more committed Catholics for years, but our jobs have committed our weekends to work/school and little ability to get to church until recently - and we are ecstatic.
So, can I receive the Eucharist as I have only been baptized? What about my husband, who was never baptized?
What is the next step - the adult education program seems to be for those who were not baptized. Is there an educational program for those who were already baptized?
Thanks! I have struggled with this for years.