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Communion Cup

At all parish liturgies, beginning the weekend of September 30/October 1 2017, you may notice a change in the Communion Rite within the Liturgy of the Eucharist here.

At the Eucharistic banquet, it is always Christ who is serving and being served. The Priest is always acting in the person of Christ and in the person of the Church. Extraordinary Ministers share in that ministry, in service to the Church and as a help to the Priest. Because the ministry of Extraordinary Ministers is so connected to the action of the Priest, it makes sense theologically for them to receive Communion after he receives and then he and they proceed to distribute Communion to the community. Thus, we are beginning the procedure that the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will receive first before the distribution of Communion to the community.

For the past year, Beth White, Director of Liturgy, and the Liturgy Team have been studying and reflecting on various foundational documents of the Church, particularly The Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy, the first document to be promulgated by the Second Vatican Council, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, the Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion issued by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass, the norms of the Diocese of Sacramento. Our reflection on these documents has led to implementation of this change.

While this is a small change in scope, we know that some may have thoughts or concerns. Members of the Liturgy Team will be available to answer any questions you might have.

Liturgy Team: Judy Solberg, Juliane Link-Oberstar, Tricia Heim, Mark Jones, Paul LeBoeuf, Jennifer LeBoeuf, Ron Hill, and Amy Fox; Beth White and Tim Mascarinas, staff.

Let us always give thanks for the gift of the Eucharist and for the privilege of receiving the Body and Blood of Christ each time we gather.


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