"THEN Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry. And the tempter coming said to him: If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Who answered and said: It is written, Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God." Matthew 4:1-4

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Oh just one more small thing

Remember last year's swine flu epidemic/scare? In many places in the midwest, the response has been to install gigantic bottles of hand sanitizer - sometimes on the altar. Then a parade of Extrordinary Ministers of Holy Communion pass by and take a shot and rub their hands together in a line on the way to their positions behind the priest/presider. You heard it here, folks, the latest "organic development of the Liturgy."

Does this make sense?

If you are sick, you should be at home. If you think the parishioners are sick, then consider only offering the Blessed Sacrament under the form of Bread. hand sanitizer will not prevent anyone from infecting you, dear Minister. It will kill the germs on your hands when you put it on, but it does not offer future immunity. So what is the point?


  1. ........... isnt' that the whole reason behind having the sacrament brought to you at home? If you're ill?.......really??!! hand sanitizer on the altar? Yeah, I can see how that is offensive.

  2. In the midwest, sometimes there are 6 or 8 or even more EMHC's and it looks like a parade going across the altar rubbing their hands together. it's very distracting mostly because it is so unnecessary. We've rarely been to Mass in a church where there are 100 people. So why have so many EMHC standing all over the front of the church - the flow of *traffic* is not flowing. Imagine the priest and a minister in the center aisle, then 3 or 4 more ministers on both sides - 2 with Hosts, 2 with Chalices. I think the idea is to give Communion to 10 or 12 persons at once but I have never seen it work smoothly.


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Welcome! The most important bread is the Bread of Life. I am Catholic and do my best to know, understand and live what that means that I might "know Him, love Him and serve Him." My husband, Bud, and I have been married for 24 years and we have seven children. Because of his job, we travel the country in an RV with five of them, learning as we go.