Is there a priest in the house?

L.A. Auxiliary Bishop Marc Trudeau tapped at last minute to say Mass when no other priest could be found on Palm Sunday for participants in Long Beach Grand Prix

Bishop Marc Trudeau distributes communion at a special Mass for crew members at the Long Beach Grand Prix. (image: John McCoy)

By the time someone realized that staff, volunteers, and crew members participating in the Long Beach Grand Prix needed someone to celebrate Mass for them on Palm Sunday, it seemed that every priest in the San Pedro Pastoral Region was unavailable. 

Except for one: Bishop Marc Trudeau, the region’s episcopal vicar. 

On Sunday, April 14, Trudeau celebrated Sunday Mass in a meeting room in the Long Beach Convention Center just steps away from the racetrack. 

As the sound of race cars reverberated through the assembly, Trudeau joked that it reminded him of the sound of cars looking for parking outside of church on Sundays.

Full story at Angelus News.

Comments

  1. Clinton R. says

    Communion in the hand, never a good sight to see.

  2. Communion in the hand – an entirely licit practice of the Church. Undoubtedly, the disciples received the body of Christ in the hand at the Last Supper.

    • Clinton R. says

      The Apostles who received the Lord’s Body & Blood at the Last Supper were the first Bishops. As such, they of course received in the hand. We, laymen should not presume to grasp the Lord in our unworthy hands. While licit now, the current practice was born out of disobedience. You can read more about this http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2014/03/truth-about-communion-in-hand-while.html#.XLmBDfuJJ2o

      Sometimes, just because we can, doesn’t mean we should. Let us have the most reverence possible for Our Lord, present in the Eucharist.

    • Steve Seitz says

      Fred,
      You’re correct that receiving the Eucharist in the hands is a licit practice that was used in the first 1000 years of the Church. The deeper question, though, is whether receiving in the hand is a good practice in a time in history when the sacred is often profaned and some Catholics hardly know what they’re receiving.

      Receiving on the tongue implicitly communicates the sacredness of what one’s receiving.

  3. Good Gosh. These people tried their best to fufill their Sunday obligation. I’m sure there are many working weekend shifts in basically the same situation.
    ‘For wherever two or more of you gather in my name .. ” Even in a meeting room.

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