Father David’s Letter

Dear Friends in Christ,

I hope you all had a safe, enjoyable, and reflective Independence Day!

I’d like to return to the “Ask Father” questions presented to me. This is now episode #3.

Q. When did the Church start serving wine at communion and why? Will it come back? Not with a goblet for all?  Possibly wine added to the Host? 

A. I appreciate these questions.  They give us an opportunity to reflect on Who we receive at Communion, why we receive, and why the procedure is the way it is.

First, with all due respect to the questions and the questioner, I would like to gently remind you all that wine is not received during Mass by anyone, not even the priest; it is substantially changed to the Precious Blood of Christ, and therefore NOT wine, even though it appears as wine.  Our language matters, and especially concerning the Eucharist we need to be particularly careful and mindful of our descriptions.

Also, the Precious Blood of Jesus is not “served” at Mass; we say that it is “distributed.”  From the Sacrifice of Christ being represented on the altar, those who present themselves for Communion partake of the Lord’s saving banquet; but it is not in the way of being served like at a typical banquet, but rather given, administered, distributed.  Again, our choice of words matters.

Now to the heart of the questions here.  For this purpose I reference the Catechism:

Since Christ is sacramentally present under each of the species, communion under the species of bread alone makes it possible to receive all the fruit of Eucharistic grace.  For pastoral reasons this manner of  receiving communion has been legitimately established as the most common form in the Latin Rite. But “the sign of communion is more complete when given under both kinds, since in that form the sign of the Eucharistic meal appears more clearly.” (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, #240.)  This is the usual form of receiving communion in the Eastern Rites (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1390). 

We understand that different Rites in the Catholic Church distribute Communion differently.  As noted by the Catechsim here, the Eastern Rites usually distribute both species.  They do so by soaking the Sacred Body of Our Lord in the Precious Blood, and distributing both together with a spoon directly into the communicant’s mouth.  It is a valid custom, and one that the Eastern Rites have no doubt maintained for centuries, though I do not know that for certain.  It is not, however, the Western Roman way.  In our Rite the two species of Our Lord’s Sacred Body and Precious Blood are almost always received and distributed separately.  How long it has been that way I also do not know, but perhaps it has always been so.  In any case, the Catechism teaches us clearly that in receiving the Sacred Host the faithful “receive all the fruit of Eucharistic grace.”  In other words, to receive only one Species is not shortchanging anyone regarding grace; ALL of Jesus is present in the Host or the Precious Blood.  The Church’s theology uses the word concomitance to describe the reality of each species containing Christ in his entirety.

Obviously Jesus used wine at the Last Supper in instituting the Eucharist as the Passover of the New Covenant. The early Roman Church, even up until sometime in the 1100 – 1200’s, did often distribute both species.  Since the 1400’s, and universally adopted in the 1500’s at the Council of Trent, reception of the Sacred Host alone by the faithful became the norm.  In the 1960’s, the Church’s Magisterium at the Second Vatican Council sought to revisit and reinstate this ancient custom of distributing both species, and set down certain norms regarding the practice.  While laudable and encouraged in some instances, as stated by the Council Fathers, this “dual distribution” is not intended to be an every day, or even weekly, occurrence.  It is intended, rather, for certain special feasts, solemnities, and occasions as determined by Bishops and pastors.  Therefore, while reintroducing the practice of distributing both Eucharistic species, the understanding was for it to be somewhat limited.  Some places adopted that way, others did not.  Then comes the pandemic, and it was them deemed necessary to discontinue distributing both species in the Roman Church.  The question therefore remains, as sincerely spoken by the questioner, if and when that practice will return.  I of course don’t know that answer, but I do have a few practical thoughts that I would like to share concerning the question.  So, stay tuned to this channel for part two to come soon…..

Happy July, the Month of the Precious Blood of Jesus!

 

Fr. David

 

June 1, 2022

Catholic Conference of Illinois Statement on Repealing of Parental Notice of Abortion Act

As of today, the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act has been repealed. Parents no longer have the right to know if their minor daughter is seeking an abortion or suffering from any of the physical or mental health issues that may be associated such a procedure.

It is a grave injustice that the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Pritzker repealed this law. The Parental Notice of Abortion Act was a broadly-supported, reasonable safeguard that allowed Illinois’ parents to properly exercise love and care for their children. Every other state in the Midwest has at least a Parental Notification law, and polling indicates that over 70% of Illinois voters support Parental Notification.

Our state government should be in the business of supporting families and assisting parents raise their children, not undermining them. Not only has the will of the people been thwarted, but the state now has removed family support from a minor to face an unplanned pregnancy alone and is offering nothing in return to protect and provide for her.

We call on the citizens of Illinois to urge our elected officials to properly value parental rights, the needs of minors who face unplanned pregnancies and above all God’s gift of human life from conception to natural death.

-CCI

 

Updated Post Covid -19 Mass Directives as of 2/23/2022

As of 2/23/2022, Bishop Malloy has lifted the mask mandate while attending Mass or sacramental events in the church. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please continue to do so. It is your choice. Hand sanitizer is still available at church entrances for your continued use.

If you still feel uncomfortable to attend Mass, the weekend Mass is still available on St. Mary’s Facebook page and also still being broadcast for you to attend in your car on radio station FM90.3. You can then receive the Eucharist after Mass.

Here is the link to Spiritual Communion and Chaplet of the Blessed Sacrament: https://www.virgosacrata.com/spiritual-communion.html

 

2022 Diocesan Appeal

Do You Love Me? See the video below for more information about the 2022 Diocesan Appeal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq5Tz9kc6Fk

 

Here’s something to SMILE about! 🙂 

St. Mary’s Church is now connected with AMAZON.SMILE!  What is Amazon.Smile? Amazon is dedicated to giving back to charitable organizations like our parish. When you buy online at Amazon, you have the opportunity to have .05% of your purchases donated to St. Mary’s by Amazon. When you sign up for AmazonSmile, you’ll be asked to select from over a million of charities to support. But you can skip this step and click on our unique link. Then you’ll be taken to smile.amazon.com and then automatically asked if you want to support St Mary Church. Our unique charity link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2182123