December 2, 2018

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Happy Advent!
Happy St. Nicholas Day!
Happy Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception!

A month ago a good parishioner was crouched over a piece of sidewalk at one of the Church entrances. This was in between the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Masses. He stumbled upon a Sacred Host that was lying on the ground. Dutifully he sent a son to find a priest while he guarded Our Lord from being trampled underfoot or blown away in the wind.

Last Sunday at the end of the Communion line, a good parishioner pointed out to one of our Dominican brothers that a Sacred Host had fallen to the floor. Not only that, a small bite had been taken out of It.

Consuming Our Lord and purifying the area where the Lord Jesus had been found is not the end of the story. We also need to make amends and make improvements.

After this Sunday’s Vespers I will spend another hour with Jesus to make reparation for the latest incident.

Without drawing any hasty conclusions about what happened to precipitate these two recent sacrileges, Fr. Melmer and I ask you earnestly that when you receive Holy Communion you need to remain in front of the one who gave you the Sacred Host and consume Our Lord before stepping to the side or beginning to walk back to your pew. The General Instructions for the Roman Missal indicates that “As soon as the communicant receives the host, he or she consumes it entirely” (GIRM 161). I know that this is different from the way you may have been taught. Please review this with your children. We need to see that Jesus has made His way past your lips and we cannot do that well if your back is turned or if the next person in line is already before us. And if we are afraid that you will drop the Host, please pardon us in advance for helping you receive Communion on the tongue.

Thank you to all of you who are attentive to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, not just in your reverent reception of Holy Communion and in your prayerful preparation which includes a good Confession on a regular basis, but also your public witness to the Real Presence in the tabernacle and on the altar… not to mention God being present in each other. Your faith is edifying.

St. John the Baptist, pray for us!
St. Nicholas, pray for us!
Our Lady of the Eucharist, pray for us!

God bless you.

Fr. Christopher J. Pollard