Questions about the Eucharist?


Closed confession - what is the reason for this and how closed is it? I’m sure I read somewhere that catholics who go to a different parish can’t partake?

Weekday masses and Saturday - do you have the Eucharist in weekday masses. Also I know the Saturday evening service can fulfill your Sunday obligation? How do these fit in with the idea that communion should only be taken on the first day of the week?

As always, many thanks :smiley:


I don’t understand this question.

If it is a Mass, then there is the Eucharist. You cannot have Mass without the Eucharist. So, if there is a Mass on a weekday, yes that means it includes the Eucharist. Most parishes with a priest in residence have Mass daily. Other parishes, such as mine, where a priest is shared among parishes, may not have a mass at that location every day. For example, our priest rotates between three parishes, so we only have one daily mass a week. But the priest celebrates Mass every day.

There can be other types of liturgies, such as prayer services, etc, but they are not Mass.


  1. That is incorrect. A Catholic can receive at any Mass they go to, even if it’s not their own parish.

  2. Of course we do! Without the Eucharist, it wouldn’t be a Mass. It would just be a worship service. The Consecration of the Eucharist is what makes a Mass a Mass.

  3. A Vigil Mass fulfills the obligation.

  4. Communion should be taken only on the first day of the week? Where would you get something like that? A Catholic can receive at any Mass they go to, provided that haven’t received more than twice that day, they have observed the fast, and they are in a state of grace. :thumbsup:


To be honest I can’t remember…I think it may have been “got questions” in relation to how often it is taken…the basic answer was that every church differs but they all agree it should be taken on Sunday as that is when the last supper occurred (first day of the week)…or something along those lines!

Thanks for the answers.


Oh and what’s the reason behind general closed communion ie only catholics and not any Christian (like other churches)


Closed confession? Do you mean behind the screen/curtain as opposed to face-to-face confession? Some parishes have only ‘anonymous’/screened confessions; others have the option of either.

It is (at least in my area dioceses) encouraged that you belong to the parish located closest to you geographically. There are good reasons for this, and there are also good reasons that this might not work. You can go to Confession at another parish; you can also attend Mass at another parish (parish=Catholic church). However, there are some churches that call themselves Catholic that aren’t what most of us would consider Catholic (following the rules and such of the Vatican); we cannot receive in those churches.

Catholics do not believe that Communion is only for the first day of the week. If in Grace, you can receive Communion daily (sometimes twice if necessitated).


Sorry I meant closed communion not confession…typo! :o


Communion is available for all Catholics who are in a state of Grace. There will be others who explain this more in depth than I can. However, one must be Catholic, and one must be free from mortal sin to receive the Eucharist. This second requirement even excludes some Catholics from the Eucharist, but all are invited to make a spiritual Communion if they are unable to receive the Eucharist. In the US, we are also required to have refrained from food and beverage (other than water, required medicine, health reasons) for one hour before receiving the Eucharist.


The last supper occurred on Thursday.
This answer by the Apologist Jim Blackburn I hope is what you are looking for.

The law found in the Old Testament (including the Ten Commandments) is known as the Old Law. The Old Law was revealed to the Israelites and, as given, was binding only on them. Jesus came to “fulfill” the Old Law (Mt 5:17) and establish the New Law. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) explains that the Old Law was “holy, spiritual, and good, yet still imperfect” (CCC 1963), while the New Law “’fulfills’, refines, surpasses, and leads the Old Law to its perfection” (CCC 1967).

Common to both the Old Law and the New Law is that part of the law known as natural moral law. “Natural moral law, present in the heart of each man and established by reason, is universal in its precepts and its authority extends to all men” (CCC 1956). The New Law retains all of the natural moral law contained in the Old Law while freeing us from the ritualistic aspects of it. The catechism explains that the New Law is called a law of freedom because "it sets us free from the ritual and juridical observances of the Old Law” (CCC 1972).

The Old Law commandment to observe the Sabbath is a good example of this. It contains both natural moral law (rest and worship) and ritual observance (on Saturday). So, while we are bound to observe a day of rest and worship, we are not bound to do it on Saturday. For Christians, Sunday’s ceremonial observance replaces that of the Sabbath. The catechism explains that “the celebration of Sunday observes the moral commandment inscribed by nature in the human heart to render to God an outward, visible, public, and regular worship ‘as a sign of his universal beneficence to all.’ Sunday worship fulfills the moral command of the Old [Law] taking up its rhythm and spirit in the weekly celebration of the Creator and Redeemer of his people” (CCC 2177).

Why Sunday? “Jesus rose from the dead ‘on the first day of the week.’ Because it is the ‘first day,’ the day of Christ’s Resurrection recalls the first creation. Because it is the ‘eighth day’ following the Sabbath, it symbolizes the new creation ushered in by Christ’s Resurrection. For Christians it has become the first of all days, the first of all feasts, the Lord’s Day… Sunday: We all gather on the day of the sun, for it is the first day [after the Jewish Sabbath, but also the first day] when God, separating matter from darkness, made the world; and on this same day Jesus Christ our Savior rose from the dead” (CCC 2174).


truth_faith13- I don’t know how helpful these posts have been for you but it is wonderful to
see you searching to know more about the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist is the very heart of our Catholic religion It is Jesus Christ Himself fulfilling his promise “Behold I am with you all days even to the End of the World”. It is the answer to Jesus prayer at the Last Supper: “That they may be One, Father, as You and I are One” Think of that- it is the greatest possible union that Jesus asks - and in Communion we literally become one with
Jesus in the Bread that He promised and of which He says “This is My Body”
I don’t know where you are in your search Faith13 but I will pray that you have the
opportunity to receive frequently and know the wonders Faith will encounter.


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