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From the Pastor 09/24/17

Here is Part II of Reverence in Church.

The Reception of Holy Communion

For Catholics: As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect Contrition as soon as possible (Code of Canon Law, canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is encouraged for all.

For our Fellow Christians: We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in the Eucharist will draw us closer to one another, and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ’s prayer for us “that we may all be one.” (John 17:21). Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (can 844 s4).

For Those not Receiving Holy Communion: All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts, a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and one another.

For Non-Christians: We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for peace and unity of the human family.

Sharing in the Eucharist
Respond to the prayers being offered by the Celebrant. The prayers are offered on our behalf, and therefore we must be more attentive and responsive if they are to have personal meaning for each of us.

Profess your faith by saying the great Amen. Our “Amen” signifies that we believe the Lord Jesus Christ is truly present; that simple bread and wine have been transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ.

Receive the Eucharist with love and adoration. Respond “Amen” to the proclamation that what you are about to receive is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. Those receiving in the hands should place one hand under the other and fully extend them to accept the Eucharist. Never take the Eucharist with your fingers, but open your hands one over the other, and reverently receive the Eucharist. Either place the Eucharist in your mouth directly in front of the priest or take a step to the side and place the Body of Christ in your mouth where the minister can see you consume the Host. Please do not turn around and walk away with the Eucharist in your hand so the minister cannot see you consume the host. This will require the minister to stop and go up to you to verify that you have indeed consumed the Host. It is not rude for the minister to safeguard the Holy Eucharist; in fact it is part of the minister’s responsibility. If you prefer to receive on the tongue, be sure to move close to the minister, open your mouth and extend your tongue out of your mouth so that the Eucharist can be placed there easily and safely. You are most welcome to also receive the Precious Blood, but it is not necessary. The Church teaches that if you receive the Sacred Host you participate fully in the Holy Eucharist. Please receive the chalice firmly from the minister and take a small sip of the Blood of Christ, and carefully return it to the minister.

Please remember to turn off or silence all electronic devices that you have in your possession before Mass begins. Some people use these devices to follow along with the readings and prayers at Mass. In my humble, opinion it is best not to use any electronic devices during Mass since this is a distraction to many.

While many may not like the post Mass announcements it is a quick way to let you know all the many programs that are happening in the parish during that week. They are abbreviated and more information may be found in the bulletin or on our website: stgertrude.org. And yes take home the bulletin and read it. If more people actually took home the bulletin we would be able to eliminate the post Mass announcements.

AND FINALLY REMEMBER ...
The priest should be the last person to enter the church and the first person to leave.

A blessed week to all,

Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P., Pastor