Flu Season Causing Minor Changes in Some Parish’s Communion

Some parishes across the country have been modifying Communion recently because the particularly bad outbreak of the flu that has been occurring. Some Catholic Churches have put a temporary hiatus on the sharing of the chalice during Mass. This is obviously in an attempt to cut down on the odds that people will infect one another with the flu. The temporary modifications don’t stop with the chalice though. Some churches have also decided to have its parishioners only exchange a verbal gesture instead of a handshake during Mass.

I suppose that you really cannot be too careful with the flu being as bad as it has been the last few weeks. Some of these parishes got word from their diocese to put these changes into effect, but others took matters into their own hands to prevent sickness. The modifications have been met with little to no resistance because people can see the common sense behind them. In due time Mass will be back to business as usual.

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Communion for Pets?

“St. Peter’s Anglican Church has long been known as an open and inclusive place.

So open, it seems, they won’t turn anyone away. Not even a dog.

That’s how a blessed canine ended up receiving communion from interim priest Rev. Marguerite Rea during a morning service the last Sunday in June.

According to those in attendance at the historical church at 188 Carlton St. in downtown Toronto, it was a spontaneous gesture, one intended to make both the dog and its owner – a first timer at the church — feel welcomed. But at least one parishioner saw the act as an affront to the rules and regulations of the Anglican Church. He filed a complaint with the reverend and with the Anglican Diocese of Toronto about the incident – and has since left the church.

“I wrote back to the parishioner that it is not the policy of the Anglican Church to give communion to animals,” said Bishop Patrick Yu, the area bishop of York-Scarborough responsible for St. Peter’s, who received the complaint in early July. “I can see why people would be offended. It is a strange and shocking thing, and I have never heard of it happening before.” – “Can a Dog Receive Communion?”, The Star

This article was literally one of the most stunning things I have ever read in my life. I thought it was a joke at first, but it seems that it actually happened. Hopefully something this sacrilegious never happens again, even if it was in the Anglican Church it is still the Body and Blood of Christ. That is not something that animals get to receive. I don’t see how this could be allowed under any circumstances really.

Slouchers and Wobblers Sending Wrong Message at Mass

“Since I was taught to go to Communion when I was small, I’ve noticed a troubling trend in the way people get in line to approach the Eucharist.

When I was taught to receive Holy Communion, the nuns made a huge deal out of the way we walked. We were to remain straight and rigid, moving forward gently but precisely when it came time to move forward. When they looked at us second graders from either the front or the back, everyone’s head was in a straight line, as we stayed perfectly lined up at all moments.

Now, I cannot get that same experience. When I am in a Communion line, people waddle from side to side more than they move forward. The result is that there is a disorganized movement of heads back and forth which looks, to people with training like what I had, as very careless and sloppy. Instead of Catholics lined up as soldiers to receive their spiritual meal, they look like fish circling or something.” – “Weebles Wobble in Communion Line”, Catholic Answers Forum

This post is all about something that I too have noticed in the Catholic Church recently. I do not like the way that people “waddle from side to side” either, and it doesn’t stop there. I also am not a fan of the way that people hold themselves in general while receiving the Eucharist and sitting at Mass. Too often I have seen people slouched down in their seats or dragging their feet and slouching up to receive Communion. They are at church after all and they should be able to hold themselves in a prideful manner while they are there. Just a little something I have been meaning to get off my chest for a while, and this article really reminded me of it.

Receiving Eucharist on Tongue Causing Troubles

I found this posting over on The Catholic Answers Forum and thought it was worth sharing. I have never received the Eucharist on my tongue, but I have seen others attempt to. This person is concerned with how to go about doing this act correctly.

“Since my reception into the Church a few months ago I have wanted to receive Communion on the tongue, but every time I attempt this, it doesn’t go very well and I end up reverting to receiving in the hand. The first time, the EMHC touched my tongue with her hand. My latest attempt resulted in the EMHC (a different one) hitting me in the mouth. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. I have practiced in the mirror to make sure I’m opening my mouth wide enough and sticking out my tongue enough (looks rather silly, but anyway) but I always feel rushed when receiving Communion and so I’m not really sure if I’m doing it right then. Advice?” – “Difficulties Receiving on the Tongue”

This particular Catholic has been having problems with receiving the Eucharist on their tongue. While this is totally allowed in the Catholic Church is has become somewhat uncommon. So when receiving the sacrament from an EMHC, or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, one might run into trouble like this post gets into. A quick solution to this might be just going to the priest during Communion instead of the EMHC. I do not see why this person wants so badly to receive the Eucharist on the tongue, but power to them. If you ask me I say it’s going to end up in my mouth anyway, so what if it takes a little side-track to my palm first. I would much rather feed myself, but to each their own I suppose.