Can Catholics take communion with any other churches? I am a recent convert, and it makes me very sad that I may never get to take communion with my parents again. I know I have made the right decision for myself, but I still want that spiritual unity wit

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Q Can Catholics take communion with any other churches? I am a recent convert, and it makes me very sad that I may never get to take communion with my parents again. I know I have made the right decision for myself, but I still want that spiritual unity with my family.  
- Lucy
 
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Dear Lucy,

You are very strong in faith! You are right to understand Eucharist as a sign of unity, which is why the Catholic Church teaches that we do not participate in the reception of the Eucharist with those with whom we are not IN communion.

If you have one of those changeable missals at your parish--(books with the readings of the season included)--the full explanation of the current practice in the Catholic Church is often included. You may want to share it with your parents.

I attend the services of another denomination with my husband's parents at times. In some ways, it seems difficult to pass the elements of communion on to the next person without partaking. On the other hand, Catholics do have a fairly well-known belief about Eucharist. Partaking in communion with another denomination may seem to indicate that you have a different belief than you have now chosen.

I believe that your parents may be saddened by this division. So am I. But the division is between good people of faith. By sharing in many other ways--by breaking bread together at the dinner table and generally preserving a positive, pleasant and loving relationship with your parents--you are demonstrating the fruits of your own faith.

Jesus prayed at the institution of the Eucharist, "That they all may be one." That is my prayer for you and your family.   

- Carol Ann