Can divorced Catholics receive Communion?

The issue of divorce can be a source of confusion and pain for many Catholics

By Father Cal Christiansen

Q: My husband and I recently divorced after 23 years of marriage. After being married in the Catholic Church our relationship started out strong, but as the years went by we became estranged and lived as strangers in the same house. We decided to divorce each other last year. I heard that the church teaches that divorced Catholics should not receive Communion. Is this true?

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How can I help my teenager get more out of Sunday Mass?

Every Mass can be a life-changing encounter with Christ, if we’re ready for it

By Father Cal Christiansen

Q: My husband and I have three children. We have always tried to make Sunday Mass the center of our lives for our family. I recently had an uncomfortable discussion with my oldest son, who just turned 17. He told me that he thinks Mass is boring, that he doesn’t get anything out of it and that he doesn’t want to go to church anymore. How can I help him see the value and importance of Sunday Mass?

Our kids left the church. What do we do?

By Dr. Cathleen McGreal

It is not uncommon to find parents worrying about a child who has strayed from the church. Sons and daughters failing to recognize the importance of God in their lives can be a major source of anxiety for parents. When parents desire the greatest good for their children, namely eternal salvation, they naturally ask, “What can we do to bring our child back to the church?”

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