Why are we showing up to Mass as if we’ve just rolled out of bed?

Orange diocese offers guidance for all Catholics on proper reception of the Blessed Sacrament

If in fact we truly believe that we are receiving the body of Christ, is there any moment in our lives that could be more important? Why, then, are we showing up to Mass as if we’ve just rolled out of bed? Why are we approaching the person distributing Communion thinking of the big game that afternoon? Why are we (I’ve seen people do it) reaching to take the Eucharist from the … [Read more...]

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The good witness of not receiving Communion

To receive or not to receive?

The following comes from a December 7 Catholic Stand article by David Roney: Last year, I found myself in a terrible position. It was a Sunday morning and I was preparing to take my kids to Mass. The problem was that I believed I needed to go to Confession prior to receiving the Eucharist. That was cause enough for anxiety, as no one wants their soul outside a state of … [Read more...]

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Monstrance restored for use at St. Joseph Parish, Rio Vista

Father Boyle discovered the piece hidden away in long-term storage at the parish

The following comes from the Sacramento diocese website: Bishop Jaime Soto and Father Richard Boyle, OSM, of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary, hold a monstrance that has been restored for use by parishioners of St. Joseph Parish in Rio Vista, where Father Boyle has served as parochial administrator since July 2014. He will be leaving St. Joseph's Oct. 31 to serve at … [Read more...]

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Extraordinary ministers ‘essential’ in Orange diocese

There are an insufficient number of ordinary ministers to distribute Communion "without rushing the process"

The following comes from a September 7 OC Catholic article by Larry Urish: While bishops, priests, deacons and acolytes (those on their way toward ordination into the priesthood or deaconate) distribute Holy Communion, there are an insufficient number of these ordinary ministers to do so without rushing the process. For this reason, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion … [Read more...]

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The Blessed Sacrament explained

According to Orange County Catholic, Holy Communion also means we are in communion with other faithful who participate in the Eucharist

The following comes from an April 13 OC Catholic article by Larry Urish: For many of us, Holy Communion – the Holy Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper, the most central of the seven sacraments – is a deeply personal experience. Offered at every Mass, it marks the moment when we receive Jesus into our hearts and it involves intense, personal and private prayer. When we receive … [Read more...]

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Christianity running on fumes

Bishop Baron tells Eucharistic congress in Philippines that Catholics have become blasé about the Blessed Sacrament

The following comes from a January 26 OC Catholic article by Simone Brendan: Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron said popular culture’s message of individuals being “infinitely right” is “repugnant to (Catholics’) eucharistic faith.” But he also said Christianity is “running on fumes” as it tries to counter the trend of people leaving the church or staying away from … [Read more...]

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If teenagers think this way…

The following comes from an Apr. 2 story in Catholic San Francisco. Marin County pastors and pastoral associates listed a lack of Catholic faith formation and identity in parish families and what they described as a tarnished, aloof church as key reasons for a decline in Mass attendance and participation in the sacrament of the Eucharist at their parishes. At the March 13 … [Read more...]

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