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Canon Law History: Canon 920

November 3, 2017

Roman Catholics are generally required to receive holy Communion at least once per year especially during the Easter season (1983 CIC 920). This same obligation was contained in the Pio-Benedictine Code (1917 CIC 859) and in turn rested on legislation going back several centuries at least to the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215. Clinton, Paschal Precept (CUA canon law diss. 73, 1932) 8-40.

While certificates for “First Communion” are common today, formal certification of one’s annual Communion duty has disappeared–although, as noted above, the obligation of receiving remains in force.

I recently came across a certificate of annual Communion reception issued, as it happens, by a parish church that still serves in Pittsburgh,  and I thought y’all might like to see it.

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