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SAVE THE DATE

ST. MARTHA’S FEAST DAY

 

DATE:        July 28th

TIME:        After the 5:30 p.m. Mass

LOCATION:    Parish Hall


Please join us for an evening of fellowship and community to celebrate the Feast Day of our Patroness, St. Martha on Saturday, July 28th at 5:30 p.m. for mass followed by a Social and Pot Luck Dinner in the Parish Hall. We ask that you bring a favorite dish to be enjoyed by all. St. Martha Parish will provide fried chicken and soft drinks. We would love to have all parishioners from both St. Martha and Infant Jesus of Prague to come and celebrate this feast day with us.


S.A.M.
SUBTANCE ADDICTION MINISTRY

On any given Sunday, 80% of the congregation at Mass has either been afflicted with, or affected by the disease of addiction. This disease is an equal opportunity illness, disregarding gender, occupation, age, race, nationality, or social status. It is conservatively estimated that each afflicted person will affect a minimum of four (4) other people.

A notable characteristic of this disease is denial, based in shame and sustained by a “conspiracy of silence.” The first step in addressing the problem is to begin talking about it, thus reducing the shame and opening the door to treatment and recovery.

It is commonly said that there are only three ways out of addiction:
Treatment, Incarceration, or death!

It is widely noted that if there is an addict or alcoholic in the family, the whole family needs to be treated because of the pain and suffering that it causes.

But there is hope!

ST. JOSEPH PARISH in Gretna has begun the process of creating a parish SUBSTANCE ADDICTION MINISTRY (SAM)

What is SAM? S.A.M. stands for Substance Addiction Ministry.

SAM is a parish-based ministry that is designed to provide a safe, confidential place for people touched by addiction to share their personal experiences with others. SAM provides educational information about addiction through professionals in this field.

If you have any questions, call Deacon Jerry @ 504-495-5820.

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at St. Joseph Parish in Gretna.


Knocking on Heaven’s Door-St. Francis of Assisi

 

St. Francis of Assisi will host, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” on Sat., August 4, 2018, at 9:30 AM in the Lycee Francais Cafeteria, 5951 Patton St., New Orleans. Free Parking is available in lot behind the building. Speaker topics include: End of Life Decision Making – Sister Marie Noel of Notre Dame Hospice, Powers of Attorney & Estate Planning – Gregory S. LaCour of Blue Williams, LLP, Charitable Giving Considerations Josephine Everly of the Catholic Foundation. Info Booths by Catholic Cemeteries, Christopher Homes, St. Francis of Assisi Respect Life Committee, and SFA Senior Associates. Free and Open to the Public. For more info call

504-227-376 or familylife@stfrancisuptown.com.




SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER

 

Secular Franciscan Order, seeks those interested in living a secular Franciscan life based on St. Francis of Assisi’s holy simplicity, peace and joy. Details: Pat Crotty Palmer, OFS, servant minister of St. Teresa of Avila Fraternity in New Orleans. 430-0905, patpalmerofs@gmail.com




EUCHARISTIC ADORATION


 

Please note the new time for Adoration the First Friday of every month is 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 


POPE FRANCIS’ JULY PRAYER INTENTION

 

Evangelization: Priests and their Pastoral Ministry: That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.



JUSTICE & LIFE NEWS

 

"The Justice & Life Ministry would like to thank all those who participated in the Access Baby Bottle Campaign and Letter Signing to abolish the death penalty.  We raised over $2,000 for mothers and their babies and we sent over 30 signed letters to our representatives in a stance against the death penalty. Close to 100 were handed out for parishioners to send on their own. The culture of life that the Catholic Church promotes, supports all life, from conception to natural death - we thank you for you being a part of that!"


UPCOMING EVENTS

St. Martha and Infant Jesus

 

July 11 (IJ) Catholic Charismatic Renewal WB 7:30 p.m.

July 11 (IJ) Catholic Charismatic Renewal WB 7:30 p.m.

July 11 (SM) Baptism Seminar 7:00 p.m.

July 25 (IJ) Catholic Charismatic Renewal WB 7:30 p.m.

July 28 (SM) St. Martha’s Feast Day Pot Luck 6:30 p.m.

Aug   1 (SM) Baptism Seminar 7:00 p.m.

Aug   3 (SM) Adoration 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Aug.  4 (IJ)  Rosary at 9:00 a.m.

Aug.  6 (SM) Justice & Life Ministry Meeting 6:30 p.m.

Aug.  7  (IJ)  Golden Agers Meeting 2:00 p.m.

Aug.  8 (IJ) Widows & Widowers Group 3:00 p.m.

Aug.  8 (IJ) Catholic Charismatic Renewal WB 7:30 p.m.

 

PO = Parish Office PH = Parish Hall

 

 


FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION


We invite you to come spend time with the Lord in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every first Friday

of the month. You will be amazed at the blessings and graces you will receive. The chapel is open from

8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.



 

PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION

“Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound”

 

 

PSR Registration Information

Attention:    St. Martha & Infant Jesus of Prague Parishioners, Parents & Grandparents:

If you have children or grandchildren who attend public or private school in grades 1st thru 8th,  Parish School of Religion (PSR) registration will begin August 1st thru August 21sth at both parishes.   Seats are limited so please send in your registration form and program fee to the church office.  Registration Forms can also be found in the Gathering Area in the PSR alcove.

FIRST CLASS DAY & PARENT ORIENTATION:

Tuesday, August 28th

Parents of children who are entering 2nd grade and are attending Ursuline Academy, Sacred Heart or Stuart Hall for the 2018-2019 school year, please contact Louise Frederick @366-1604 for information concerning the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

 

Service Hours

High School Students who reside in our parish and require service hours may submit an application to volunteer for the 2018-2019 Parish School of Religious Education year.   We have limited available slots.  Your application must be in the St. Martha parish office by Monday, August 13th.  Volunteer applications can be found in the Gathering Area.

 

Attention: St Martha Parishioners

Looking for 10 (ten) parishioners to step forward to be Catechists for Children’s Liturgy Program during 8:30 & 10:30 Sunday Morning Masses at St. Martha Church.   This program needs parishioners young and seasoned, parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles to keep it available for our youngest students - Kindergarten through third grade.  Catechists must be confirmed in the Catholic Faith.   Can you please help?   Please consider tending the vineyard by attending our Children’s Liturgy Catechist meeting @ 6:00 pm on Tuesday, August 14th at the Parish Hall for information.   The schedule is very easy and material is age appropriate and simple to teach.  Please call the office @

366-1604 to register.

 

See you on Tuesday, August 14th for the information meeting.

                                                               Louise Frederick, PSR


WEEKLY COLLECTION

         St. Martha       Infant Jesus

   July  1 Weekly                     $6,677.00            $2,777.00

   July  1 Building Fund     $   978.00     $   490.00

   July  8  Weekly                $6,458.00     $   915.00

 

Thank you for your continued support!







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MASS INTENTIONS

Sat.    July 14  4:00        Infant Jesus

Anthony & Lena Peperone, Ray Vegas, Evelyn, Rene, Victoria & Shelby Manuel, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Rita Landry, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Frank S. Romano, Sr., Allain & Comeaux Families

 

Sat.  July 14  5:30     St. Martha   

Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Sandrus Baudoin, Mary Martin, Joseph Tuan Tran, Elton Oubre, Sr., Robert Frederic, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Ferdie’s Printing

 

Sun. July 15   8:30   St. Martha 

Parishioners

 

Sun. July 15  10:00  Infant Jesus  

Hernandez Family, Fr. Danny Digal (death  anniversary and birthday)

 

Sun. July 15  10:30  St. Martha  

Roland Lucas, Jr., Adolph Ancar, Patrice Bulger &

Our Bulletin Sponsor: Ferdie’s Printing

 

Mon.  July 16       8:00   Infant Jesus    For the Sick

Tues. July 17       8:00   St. Martha        Holy Souls in Purgatory

Wed.  July 18       8:00   Infant Jesus    Holy Souls in Purgatory

Thurs. July 19      8:00  St. Martha        World Peace

 Fri.     July 20      8:00   St. Martha        Our Military

Sat. July 21   4:00  Infant Jesus

Ray Vegas, Evelyn Manuel, Amy Bairnsfather, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Gerald & Theresa Causin, Frank S. Romano, Sr. (birthday), Allain & Comeaux Families, Sonny Hammer (death anniversary), Willie Anna Lester & Family, Peter Sears & Family, Healing

Sat. July 21    5:30         St. Martha

Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Sandrus Baudoin, Mary Martin, Josef Tuan Tran, Stephen Martin, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Express Car Care

Sun. July 22      8:30     St. Martha  

Parishioners

Sun. July 22  10:00        Infant Jesus

Parishioners

Sun. July 22  10:30        St. Martha

Roland Lucas, Jr., Adolph Ancar, Patrice Bulger, Al Diaz & Our Bulletin Sposor: Express Car Care

Mon.  July 23  8:00        Infant Jesus   The Sick

Tues  July 24  8:00        St. Martha       Special Intentions

Wed.  July 25  8:00        Infant Jesus   The Holy Souls in Purgatory

Thurs July 26  8:00        St. Martha       All Priests

Fri.     July 27  8:00       St. Martha       World Peace

Sat.    July 28  4:00        Infant Jesus

Ray Vegas, Evelyn, Linus, Mary & Preston Manuel, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Rita Landry, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Frank S. Romano, Sr., Allain & Comeaux Families

Sat.  July 28  5:30     St. Martha   

Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Sandrus Baudoin, Mary Martin, Joseph Tuan Tran, Lee Sanzone Heyman & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Express Car Care

Sun. July 29   8:30   St. Martha 

Parishioners

Sun. July 29  10:00  Infant Jesus  

Parishioners

Sun. July 29  10:30  St. Martha  

Roland Lucas, Jr., Patrice Bulger &

Our Bulletin Sponsor: Express Car Care

Mon.  July 30       8:00   Infant Jesus    For the Sick

Tues. July 31       8:00   St. Martha        Special Intentions

Wed.  Aug.  1       8:00   Infant Jesus    Chester Jones (birthday)

Thurs. Aug. 2       8:00  St. Martha        World Peace

 Fri.     Aug. 3       8:00   St. Martha        Our Military



BAPTISMS AND BAPTISMAL SEMINARS

 

A Baptismal seminar is required by church law before each Baptism. Both parents and God Parents must attend. Seminars will be held on the 1st Wednesday of each month in the Parish Office. Please contact the office at 366-1604 to register. You can attend a seminar prior to the birth of your child.



DECEASED

 

In your masses and prayers, please remember Al Diaz. Remember also those who mourn him.


FLOWERS

St. Martha

 

Week of July 15th the flowers by the altar were donated by Thai K. Tran in memory of Joseph Tua Tran.


VOCATION CROSS

Infant Jesus

 

July 15      10:00 a.m. Mass Loretta Brignac 

July 21           4:00 p.m. Mass Liz Dufrene

July 29      10:00 a.m. Mass Cynthia Matherne

                          

SANCTUARY LIGHT

Infant Jesus

 

The Sanctuary Light will burn the week of

July 15th in loving memory of Fr. Danny Digal on the anniversary of his death and his birthday.


The Sanctuary Light will burn the week of

July 22nd in loving memory of Sonny Hammer (death anniversary)


 

St. Martha

The Sanctuary Light will burn the week of July 15th

in loving memory of Therese Pillitire


The Sanctuary Light will burn the week of July 22nd

for Special Intentions




Just a reminder
, a letter from your parish is needed if someone is to be a sponsor for baptism or any other sacrament. These letters testify that you are a practicing catholic. We can only issue documentation if you are registered and known to us.

 

Please be sure you are registered in our parish.




Volunteers Needed!

 

Friends of St. Martha Church & Infant Jesus of Prague Mission are in need of men, women and teens in our parish to join in our group, guided by the Holy Spirit to share your time, talent and spirit in building our community and serving the needs of our parish. There are numerous ways to help and groups to join. Think and pray about your gifts and where God is calling you to serve!

 

Our ministries include, but are not limited to…

Helping Hands Food Panty Wednesdays and Thursdays at Infant Jesus - sort groceries, prepare bags and distribute food

Telephone Committee/Office Volunteer

Confirmation Preparation Catechists (January – May)

Confirmation Night – May 24th

St. Martha’s Garage Sale – June 16th

sorting and organizing items during collection dates of June 1-June 14, help with sales and bagging items the day of the sale

St. Martha’s Feast Day – July 28th - bring a dish and join us for food, fun and fellowship

Children’s Liturgy Catechists (September – May)

during 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. mass

Parish School of Religion Catechist (September - May)

Trick or Trunk (October)

Turkey Bingo (November)

Angel Tree (December)

Other Ministries include: Ushers, Lectors, Choir, Altar Servers, and Decorating Committee


Please consider volunteering in some way in our parish. Please call St.  Martha 366-1604 or Infant Jesus 369-1397 or stop by the office.


PRAYER FOR PROTECTION AGAINST

STORMS AND HURRICANES

Our Father in Heaven through the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, spare us during this Hurricane season from all harm. Protect us and our homes from all disasters of nature. Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor,

 Hasten to Help Us




FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Parishioners on the envelope system wishing a copy of their 2017 envelope contributions for income tax purposes should call the Parish Office (St. Martha 366-1604) or (Infant Jesus 368-1397).



REMINDER

 

Please use the envelope system if you need a financial statement for income tax purposes.

 


WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADVERTISE

 IN OUR CHURCH BULLETIN?

 

Please contact Ray Kelly at 504-338-3058

for information to advertise your business or for a memorial ad for a loved one.



INTRODUCING NOLA CATHOLIC eNEWS NOW

 

Are you looking for good, true Catholic content delivered directly to your inbox? Then the Archdiocese of New Orleans is excited to share with you our newest initiative NOLA Catholic eNews Now, delivering the latest in local, national, and global Catholic news directly to your inbox every Wednesday. Sign-up to start receiving yours beginning in July 2018 at:

 https://nolacatholic.org/join-our-email-list




HEAVENLY DUSTERS 

Anyone interested in helping dust the church, please join us. We meet every First Monday of the month at 10:00 a.m.



ALTAR FLOWERS, MASSES AND

SANCTUARY LIGHT


The calendar for Masses, Sanctuary Light and Altar Flowers is now open for the year 2018. If you wish to reserve your special dates in memory of a deceased loved one or celebrate an important date in your life, please call the parish office at 366-1604.

 

Suggested donation:

Masses             $  5.00

Sanctuary Light $10.00

Flowers             $50.00


 

FOOD PANTRY SUNDAY

 

Every Second Sunday of the month is FOOD PANTRY SUNDAY, helping the homeless and low income families and/or individuals. These donations offset purchases made by our parish from Second Harvest. Donations can be brought to St. Martha/Infant Jesus churches anytime, but we offer the Second Sunday of each month in remembrance of those who are less fortunate through our donations and prayer.

The items that we needare (and not limited to):
Breakfast Food: oatmeal, grits, cereal
Mac & Cheese, spaghetti, rice
Bottled Water, gatorade
Canned Meats: canned tuna, beef stew, chili, soups, spaghettios
Individual cans of potted meat, vienna sausage,

cheese & crackers
Frozen meat or Refrigerated items can be brought to

Infant Jesus Office Mon.-Fri. from 8 am to 11:30 am

PLEASE NOTE NO CANNED VEGETABLES ARE NEEDED.
Future Dates Are: March 10th & 11th, Apr. 7th & 8th,

May 12th & 13th , June 9th-10th

+Prayer For The Poor By Mother Theresa+
Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger.
Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and Joy. Amen



INTRODUCING NOLA CATHOLIC eNEWS NOW

 

Are you looking for good, true Catholic content delivered directly to your inbox? Then the Archdiocese of New Orleans is excited to share with you our newest initiative NOLA Catholic eNews Now, delivering the latest in local, national, and global Catholic news directly to your inbox every Wednesday. Sign-up to start receiving yours beginning in July 2018 at:

 https://nolacatholic.org/join-our-email-list





DYNAMIC CATHOLIC BOOKS

 

If you have any Dynamic Catholic Books that you have read and have no one to pass them on to, please bring them to the office and we will share them.

NEED HELP OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION, ABUSE OR CONTEMPLATING ABORTION

 

THERE IS HOPE AND HELP!

 

  Abortion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504-831-3117

  Alcohol or Drug Addiction. . . . . 985-640-4804

  Human Trafficking Hotline. . . .1-888-373-7888


Looking to Grow Your Faith

 

 

Pray the Rosary

Attend Adoration…First Friday each month at

St. Martha 8:30 am-6:30 pm

Read the Scriptures

Attend a Retreat

Share your Faith with others

Watch Focus on WLAE TV Sundays

Listen to Catholic Radio 690AM

Watch EWTN Cox (391)

AT&T U-verse (562)  DirecTV (370)

.


CARRYING GIFTS TO THE ALTAR


Anyone who reserved a special date for the Sanctuary Light or Flowers for a loved one and would like to carry the gifts to the altar that day, please call the office at 366-1604 and we will set that up for you.


WIDOWS/WIDOWERS SUPPORT GROUP

Infant Jesus

 

The purpose of the group is to promote the spiritual and social
welfare of all ages.  They offer emotional support, provide spiritual and social welfare, and engage in many fun-filled activities. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. in Carmel Hall at Infant Jesus. If you would like to join, or need more information, please call Genevieve Harris at 361-4472.

Celebrating 300 Years of Catholicism

in New Orleans


Tricentennial Lecture Series

Feb. 28, Sept. 7, Oct. 3

 

Learn more at nolacatholic.org



 

CATHOLIC YOUTH GROUP (CYO)

 

New registration for 2016-17 is open. Ages 13-18 are welcome. Please contact Mrs. Kim at

504-421-6602 or kimb348@yahoo.com

Registration forms are in the gathering area.

 



BULLETIN ADVERTISING


Anyone wishing to advertise in the bulletin or have a memorial ad for a family member, please contact Ray Kelly with Trinity Publications at 1-800-633-1122.




R.C.I.A.

How Do I Become Catholic?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is the church’s path for welcoming adult newcomers into the Roman Catholic Church.

 

Who is the “Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults” for?

It is for those adults, young and old, who have never been baptized; or baptized in the Roman Catholic church but not evangelized or completely initiated; or baptized in another Christian church, but in need of further instruction and initiation.

 

A person who is to become Catholic does not need to be baptized again.  The Catholic Church respects your Christian upbringing and the faith experiences that are part of your life. Becoming Catholic does not mean rejecting your previous faith background.  One may come into “Full Communion” by a period of study and participation in liturgy with our community.

 

RCIA Classes for adults will begin in October. 

Please call the office at 366-1604 for more information.




FOR ALL WHO NEED HEALING

 

If you or a family member has been abused or victimized by a member of the Catholic clergy, please believe in the possibility of hope, help and healing. We encourage you to come forward and speak out. Please call the hotline at 504-522-5910






PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION

 

Resources Available through the

Archdiocese of New Orleans

 

My House Men’s Group is a confidential, Catholic 12 step program for men struggling with pornography. Contact: myhouse@arch-no.org or 504-430-3060

 

Wives of men struggling with pornography may contact the confidential number for Pearl Ministry at 504-343-3359.

 



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Bulletin Sponsors

 

May we suggest that you turn to the back page of our bulletin and check out our advertisers.  Through their generosity, our bulletin is made possible.  We would like to express our thanks to them for their ongoing support.

 

 

A note from Deacon Larry Murphy

 

Deacon Larry Murphy will be available at the Pastoral Office at Infant Jesus of Prague Mission on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday of the month from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and on the 2nd and 4th Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Please schedule an appointment.  For a Saturday appointment, please contact Deacon Larry at 368-1397.

 

 

 

Choose Life Newspaper

 

One long ago day at a Washington, D.C. Prayer Breakfast, a tiny nun proclaimed these words to those in high positions of power; “if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”  On that day, Mother Teresa of Calcutta captured the essence of love—respect for all human life.

We pray for all those who have been led astray by the false promises of abortion that they may turn to the Lord for comfort.

 

IRS CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS RULING

 

The IRS has issued new guidelines, effective January 1, 2007 that will require parishioners who itemize deductions on their federal tax returns to have bank records or parish receipts in order to deduct their charitable church contributions.  This means parishioners who contribute cast in the collection basket each Sunday, without using a church envelope, will no longer be able to deduct those contributions because they will have neither bank records nor receipts to verify them.

 

 

 

 

Infant Jesus of Prague/St. Martha Church

Food Bank (368-1397)

2108 8th Street, Harvey

A few parishioners of Infant Jesus of Prague Church started the Food Bank over 20 years ago. Today the Food Bank serves approximately 60 bag lunches per month to homeless street people and provides groceries to approximately 160 needy families once a month who live in the church parish boundaries. Strict records are kept to insure that the truly needy are provided food. The following are required for families requesting monthly groceries: ID, proof of address, proof of income, and social security card numbers for family members. The street people are required to sign for their lunches. Bag lunches and monthly family groceries are distributed every Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 to noon.

 

Cash and food donations are provided to the Food Bank by parishioners of Infant Jesus and St. Martha Parishes, and various businesses on the Westbank. Second Harvest is a major contributor to the Food Bank.

 

The following are ongoing needs of the Food Bank:

  • Food

  • Cash

  • Checks made payable to “Infant Jesus Helping Hands”

  • Volunteers to serve

Some items needed:

  • Rice, Sugar, Can Goods, Beans, Cereal,  Can Vegetables

  • Stuffing, Cookies, Tomato Sauce, Crackers,

  • Jell-O, Boxed Pasta, Dishes

  • Tuna Tomato Paste Boxed Rice Dishes

  • Snacks Can Soup Individual Gatorade

  • Cake Mix Potted Meat Individual Bottled Tea

  • Pasta Peanut Butter Individual Bottled Water

  • Chips Canned Fruit Potted Meat

  • Can Tomatoes, Boxed Potato Dishes, Vienna Sausage

  • Razors, Mini Shaving Cream, Mini Soap, Deodorant,

  • Shampoo and Feminine Products

Volunteers: Elaine Bartolo & Bertha Lapine

& Martha Strauch

 

 

 

 

Heavenly Dusters (St. Martha)

 

What a privilege it is to clean the Lord’s house.  And that’s what we do.  We clean floors and windows, dust and vacuum, clean bathrooms and anything else that need to be cleaned.  We also take the linens home to wash and iron.  We work as a group so that no one has a heavy load.  Many hands make light work, so we are always looking for new members.

 

Altar Society (Infant Jesus)

 

We also take care of the Lord’s house, open chapel, clean church and altar, wash and prepare linens, change books in the church and chapel and set up for mass.

 

 

 

 



The Proper Way

For Receiving Holy Communion

 

The following guidelines are based on the norms for the reverent reception of Holy Communion at Mass contained in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal from the Holy See and in Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion under both Kinds in the Dioceses of the United States issued by the American Bishops and confirmed by the Holy See.

 

How to receive Holy Communion

 

Stand up and step out of your pew to join in the Communion Procession.  Often an usher helps to oversee this process.

 

If you are not carrying a child in your arms or a hymnal or a cane in your hand, it is appropriate to join your hands in front of you in a prayerful position (traditionally over the heart) as you process forward.

 

Remain standing for the reception of Holy Communion.  This is the standard posture for receiving Communion in the United States.

 

As you approach the minister, bow your head slightly as a sign of reverence toward Our Lord in the Eucharist.  You may receive the Sacred Host either in your hand or on your tongue.  The choice is yours.  There should be nothing (gum or cough drop) in your mouth when you receive Holy Communion.

 

If you intend to receive the Sacred Host in your hand, extend both hands palm upwards toward the minister, placing one hand directly on top of the other.  You should do this as you approach the minister so that it is obvious to the minister that you wish to receive Communion in the hand.  Do not receive the Sacred Host in the hand by extending only one of your hands.  If you are carrying a child in your arms or a cane in your hands, you should receive the Sacred Host on the tongue.

 

The minister will hold the Sacred Host in front of you and say, “The Body of Christ.”  You respond by saying, “Amen”.  Do not substitute another expression for it such as “Thank you”.  The minister in saying “The Body of Christ” and “The Blood of Christ” is making a declaration of faith about the nature of the Eucharist and the Church which you as the communicant must affirm with your “Amen” before you receive.  The word Amen from Hebrew meaning “Truly”, or “Let it be so”.

 

The minister will then place the Host on your open palm.  Do not attempt to grab the Host from the minister with your fingers.  Once the Host has been placed in your hand, immediately consume the Host in front of the minister.  You should pick up the Host from the palm of your hand with the fingers of your other hand and reverently place the Host in your mouth.  Do not begin walking back to your pew before consuming the Host, or carry the Host with the intention of dipping it into the Precious Blood. (The Lord said, take this cup and drink from it).

 

If you are going to receive the Sacred Host on your tongue, keep your hands joined over your heart, bow your head slightly as a sign of reverence toward Jesus in the Eucharist.  After the minister holds the Host in front of you and says the Body of Christ and your respond Amen, tilt your head backwards and extend your tongue far enough so there is no danger of the host falling to the floor.

 

If you wish to receive the Precious Blood – the choice is yours – bow your head slightly as you approach the minister.  The minister will hold the chalice in front of you and say, “The Blood of Christ”, to which you respond, “Amen”.  The minister will then hand you the chalice.  Grasp the chalice firmly with both hands.  Take a small sip of the Precious Blood and hand the chalice back to the minister who will wipe its rim to prepare it for the next communicant.

 

After receiving Holy Communion, return reverently to your pew and either sit or kneel for your private prayers, or to make an act of thanksgiving for the gift of the Eucharist.