Dear brothers and sisters,
I want to share with you this topic that comes from questions that people have asked me. The questions are: “How many times may I confess?” and “How many times can I receive communion in a day?”.
These questions made me think that perhaps it is good to remind us of the frequency with which the sacraments can be received. I am going to mention each sacraments and how many times they can be received.
Baptism: Can be received only once. One cannot be baptized more than once. That is why even the Catholic Church accepts as valid some of the baptisms that are made in other churches as long as they are done “…in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. Baptism has the character of indelible or permanent, and thus, it cannot be erased or undone.
Confirmation: Can be received only once. This sacrament gives fullness to the sacrament of baptism.
Communion: May be received daily as long as the person is in a state of grace. In the past, before the papacy of Pius X, communion was only allowed on Sundays. It is important not to receive it more than once a day to avoid falling in excess or in the belief that the more times you receive communion the better. One time is enough to obtain the spiritual benefits of receiving communion.
Marriage: May be received more than once, only if one of the spouses dies. While they are married, the spouses cannot receive the sacrament of marry someone else.
The Priestly Order: It is received only once. The sacrament of the priestly order has three degrees in which an ordination is required for each: the diaconate, the priesthood and the episcopate. One man can be a deacon and needs to be ordained for that. To become a priest one must have been ordained a deacon. And to be a Bishop (which is an appointment that comes from the Pope) it is necessary to have been previously ordained both deacon and priest. This sacrament also has the character of indelible.
Reconciliation: Must be received at least once a year, but not limited to. One can, and should, receive it each time it is necessary, that is, each time the Christian knows that he has committed a sin, especially if a mortal sin has been committed. There are people who, although they have not committed mortal sin, have the good habit of confessing at least once a month.
The Anointing of the Sick: You may receive it more than once in your life. It is received when the person has a serious illness, when they are going to undergo a high-risk surgery, when there is danger of death due to the disease, or when death is imminent.