Celebrations of Eucharist

(Sunday and weekday as applicable)
Beginning on June 5/6 we will resume the following practices:
Limited Use of Ushers:
Before Mass, Ushers should seek volunteers (two individuals or a household) to present the gifts. When we begin scheduling gift bearers, if those scheduled are not present, ask someone. Only as a last resort should the ushers themselves bring forward the gifts and collection.
Baskets will remain at the entrances of all chapels for the collection.
At the preparation of Gifts (after the petitions) ushers should retrieve the collection from all stations, combining them as usual into one basket. Once the gift bearers have begun their procession, as discreetly as possible, return empty baskets to their stations, for those who may have forgotten and will use them as they leave church. (Be sure to check them again after mass is over!)
As before, only the Paten of bread, the cruet of wine, and the basket with the collection should be brought up at this time.
Sign of peace.
The deacon will introduce as before the invitation: “..Let us offer each other the sign of peace….”
Note that the sign of peace is meant to be just those around you. As the GIRM states in #82, “…it is appropriate that each person, in a sober manner, offer the sign of peace only to those who are nearest.” Be patient and kind with “whatever sign” those around you use. For instance, those of the same household might hug, or shake hands, those not of the same household might smile, bow, or say “peace be with you”… This should be reverent and respectful, and while you do not need to whisper, this is also not meant to be loud or a time for any other conversation. As before, GIRM #43, everyone who is able should kneel at the conclusion of the “Lamb of God.”
Reception of Holy Communion:
The church has a doctrine of concomitance. To summarize, it means that whether you receive the Body or the Blood you have received the “Whole Christ: Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity.”
For the “fullness of the sign value” the church often makes available both the Body and the Blood for reception of Holy Communion. Even before the pandemic (but especially now) this is at the choice/discretion of the person receiving Communion. Therefore, we will make this available for you to choose, If you so wish.
In the Norms for the distribution of Holy Communion under both kinds, the Church reminds us:

  1. Holy Communion under the form of bread is offered to the communicant with the words “The Body of Christ.” The communicant may choose whether to receive the Body of Christ in the hand or on the tongue. When receiving in the hand, the communicant should be guided by the words of St. Cyril of Jerusalem: “When you approach, take care not to do so with your hand stretched out and your fingers open or apart, but rather place your left hand as a throne beneath your right, as befits one who is about to receive the King. Then receive him, taking care that nothing is lost.”
5 As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.
10 The Church also teaches and believes that “immediately after the consecration the true body of our Lord and his true blood exist along with his soul and divinity under the form of bread and wine. The body is present under the form of bread and the blood under the form of wine, by virtue of the words [of Christ]. The same body, however, is under the form of wine and the blood under the form of bread, and the soul under either form, by virtue of the natural link and concomitance by which the parts of Christ the Lord, who has now risen from the dead and will die no more, are mutually united.”

Parish Celebrations OUTSIDE Eucharist

Events with meals/refreshments:
These are again permitted, including, but not limited to: Family/Game Night, Funeral Luncheons, Summer Breakfasts, Coffee and Donuts, Bible Studies, etc.
Whenever possible, it is still a good idea to have individual servings, or when it is a “Dish” to assign one person to distribute or pour.