Ask Father Faith: March 5, 2012

Why do you have to wait until second grade to receive first Communion?
               –Joy, Matthew and Elizabeth, 4th grade, Annunciation Catholic Academy, Altamonte Springs
               –Constance, 7th grade, All Souls Catholic School, Sanford

Actually you don’t!  If your parents and your parish priest feel that you understand  that you are receiving the Lord Jesus in Holy Communion, then they are free to allow you to receive this sacrament at a younger age.  This is, of course, after you have been prepared and have received the Sacrament of reconciliation.  In many of the Eastern Rites of the Church babies receive Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion together as do adults who convert to the Catholic faith.

This month’s question was answered by the Very Reverend Robert Webster, Director of the Office of Liturgy for the Diocese of Orlando.