Pope Benedict XVI gives Polish President Lech Kaczynski (kneeling) Holy Communion during the Holy Mass at Pilsudski Square May 26, 2006, in Warsaw, Poland.
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Because of the central importance of Easter
to the Christian faith, the Catholic Church requires that all Catholics who have made their First Communion
receive the Holy Eucharist sometime during the Easter season, which lasts through Pentecost Sunday
, 50 days after Easter. (They should also take part in the Sacrament of Penance
before receiving this Easter communion.) This reception of the Eucharist is a visible sign of our faith and our participation in the Kingdom of God. Of course, we should receive Communion as frequently as possible; this "Easter Duty" is simply the minimum requirement set by the Church.