May I receive Communion?
If you are a practicing and communing Catholic in good standing with the church (confessed recently and as needed, kept the appropriate Communion fast, married in the church if applicable, all the usual stuff) then you are welcome and encouraged to receive the Eucharist. Those who belong to the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Assyrian Church of the East are urged to follow their own church’s guidelines; our church does not object to them receiving if they present themselves.
If you are not Catholic or you are Catholic but are not properly prepared to receive, please remain in the pew during communion, stepping into the aisle if necessary to let others by. We encourage you to join us in prayer at that time for Christian unity. If you would like to learn more about Catholicism and how you can join us, please speak with Father after church or at your convenience.
I heard you have different practices for fasting and about communing children. How does that affect me as a Roman Catholic visitor?
You continue to be under the jurisdiction of the Roman canons and the Roman bishop wherever you go, so the same rules apply to you whether you’re in a Roman Catholic parish or an Eastern Catholic one. If you or your children may commune in your home parish, you may commune at St. Sophia’s, too. You don’t need a reason or special permission to attend our church and doing so fulfills your Sunday/feast day obligation. The church doesn’t make things hard on you!
How do we receive Communion?
Assuming you may receive Communion, the next concern many people have is how to receive. All you have to do is watch a few others and you’ll be fine.

Here are some highlights:
*We don’t bow or make the sign of the cross as we approach the chalice, but cross our arms over our chest in an X to keep them out of the way. We don’t want to accidentally send the chalice flying.
*If you want to, you may tell Father your Christian/Baptismal name as you approach.
*Look up toward the ceiling and open your mouth like a baby bird. That’s all there is to it.
*Don’t stick your tongue out. This is the most important one to remember.
*We don’t say anything after we’ve received. We’re really serious about that whole being careful with the Eucharist bit, so we try not to create opportunities for accidents to occur.