In the “Ask an Apologist” forum I came across a thread about the Holy Eucharist and whether or not it is a mortal sin if we don’t receive it.
Here is the answer:
Re: Did Jesus say that everyone who does not receieve the Eucharist is going to hell?
Your assumption is correct. Jesus’ words inform us of the importance of receiving the Eucharist and the gravity of refusing to do so – refusal being a grave issue, the matter of mortal sin. But mortal sin requires also full knowledge and complete consent (cf. Catechism, 1857).
So, those who do not receive the Eucharist because they lack the necessary knowledge or because they are unable to do so are not going to be punished for that. But those who, knowing what the Eucharist is and that the Lord commanded us to receive it, deliberately refuse ever to receive it commit mortal sin.
Okay, so that makes sense, but I have another question on that. Before I went into confession before Holy Week I had not received the Eucharist because I had not been to Church and I recognized that as a sin. Is it still a sin if I had NOT received the Eucharist? :hmmm: