For Non-Catholics

The Catholic Campus Fellowship is for everyone of good will who seeks to connect, question and explore.  You are 100% welcome at all events!

Questions:

One of the great things about Catholicism is the benefit of centuries of careful thought and in-depth scholarship on a wide variety of practical and theological issues.

Got questions? Everyone does. Fortunately, the Catholic Church has the answers.

Select links below to view the Church’s answer to specific questions regarding:

 

Why can't I receive communion at a Catholic church?  Not cool!

Checking out Mass is a great way to get a feel for the Catholic faith.  However, please know that only Catholics who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation may receive the Eucharist (consecrated communion elements). 

Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the literal body and blood of Christ.  Though no one fully understands the mystery of what exactly happens during the consecration, we take Jesus at his word when he says in John 6:51-58

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”

The Eucharist is the source and summit of Catholic faith. It's critical to have a full and common understanding of Catholic teaching on communion in order to receive.

At communion time in Mass, you can simply either say seated and pray, or join the line and receive a blessing (place your hand over your heart as you come before the priest).

Interested in learning more? Contact a local parish, or consider enrolling in an RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) class.