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LENTEN WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE

Monday             8:00 a.m.         Infant Jesus

Tuesday            8:00 a.m.         St. Martha

Wednesday       8:00 a.m.         Infant Jesus

Thursday           8:00 a.m.         St. Martha

Friday                8:00 a.m.         St. Martha

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

All Fridays in Lent

 

Infant Jesus of Prague             5:30 p.m.

St. Martha                                            6:00 p.m.

 

ST. MARTHA MINISTRY SCHEDULE STATIONS OF THE CROSS

 

February 16                   Martha’s Friends & Associates

February 23                   Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors

March 2                         Pastoral Council

March 9                         Bible Study

March 16                       Justice & Life Ministry

March 23                       PSR Catechists

          March 30                       Choir

SAFE HAVEN SUNDAY

Equipping the Family, Safeguarding Children

 

The Archdiocese of New Orleans is setting aside this weekend,

February 18-19 as “Safe Haven Sunday” in order to give focused time and resources to address the harmfulness of pornography and other online threats in marriages, family life and culture.

 

Today’s awareness day is celebrated through prayer and a reflection within the context of the Mass. After Mass, Covenant Eyes’ most recent book, Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture will be available. This book includes a unique seven-day text-to-opt-in program: The Equipped 7-Day Challenge. This Challenge provides practical tips any caring adult can take to create safer digital environments for themselves and our young people.

Thank you for celebrating with us! If you have any questions about this awareness weekend, please contact the Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Marriage and Family Life at tmccaffery@arch-no.org or visit www.nolacatholic.com.




SAM

SUBSTANCE ABUSE MINISTRY

(Meetings are open to everyone)

 

SAM is a parish-based ministry designed to provide a safe, confidential place for people touched by addiction to share their personal experiences with others. SAM provides general educational information about addiction through professionals in this field. Next meeting: February 27th @ 7 p.m. at Visitation Church in Marrero. For more information, contact Deacon Jerry Labadot  at 495-5820.




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.

 




GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

 

The Archdiocese Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration will take place:

 

Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

St. Philip Neri Church in Metairie

This celebration will not be a Mass, but a prayer service.

You may pick up a registration form in the gathering area at church or at the church office.

Please return registration form to the office by Feb. 28th





MAGNIFICAT

A Ministry to Catholic Women


Breakfast & Guest Speaker

Date:                Saturday, February 17, 2018

Time:                9:00 a.m. - Noon

Location:          Café Hope at

           Timberlane Country Club

                       1 Timberlane Dr.

Guest Speaker: Casey Sprehe

Tickets:  $20.00

 

NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR

 

For Tickets Call:

Dee Caskey 884-8672

Lauren McGinnis 263-2472

Westbank Religious Supply House 341-6558



UPCOMING EVENTS

St. Martha and Infant Jesus

 

Feb. 16 (SM & IJ) Stations of the Cross

Feb. 17 (SM) Confirmation Class 9am to 2pm (PH)

Feb. 18  Safe Haven Sunday

Feb. 19 (SM) Bible Study 6:00 p.m. (PO)

Feb. 21 (SM) Bible Study 9:30 a.m. (PO)

Feb. 23 (IJ)   Stations of the Cross 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 23 (SM) Stations of the Cross 6:00 p.m.

Feb. 26 (SM) Bible Study 6:00 p.m. (PO)

Feb. 28 (SM) Bible Study 9:30 a.m. (PO)

Feb. 28 (IJ) Cath. Charismatic Renewal WB 7:30 p.m.

Mar.  2  (SM) Adoration 8:30am to 6:00pm

Mar.  2 (IJ & SM) Stations of the Cross 5:30 and 6:00pm

Mar.  3 (IJ)  Rosary 9:00 a.m. (Carmel Hall Chapel)

 

PO = Parish Office PH = Parish Hall

 


BEST LENT EVER

Don’t Give up Chocolate for Lent

 

 This year, do something different. Join our parish for

BEST LENT EVER, a free email program from Dynamic Catholic that will help you have a life-changing Lent.

Each day, you’ll receive an email with . . .

                  Inspirational Videos

                  Practical Tips

                  Encouraging Stories

SIGN UP AT     DynamicCatholic.com/40Days



RICE BOWL PROGRAM

 

Join our parish community - and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States-in a life-changing Lenten journey with the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl.




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.



 

PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION

 

 ”For We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight“ 2 Cor.5:7

 

February Theme:

Lenten Season & Reflection of the Life of Jesus

 

PSR begins our Lenten journey by joining our parish with almsgiving through the CRS rice bowl program.  Our Lenten prayer to deepen our students’ relationship with Christ will be the Act of Contrition said at prayer time during assembly.  PSR ask for your special prayers for our second grade students as they study to receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist and for our older student group which is focusing on their studies to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

PSR will also be collecting carnival beads for St. Michael Special School.

 

God Bless,

 


CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL WEST BANK

 

We meet the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

7:30 Praise, personal testimony, and scripture sharing

8:00 Mass followed by prayers for healing

Feb. 28th Father H. J. Adams

March 14th Father Lance Campo

Everyone is invited


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.



SCHOOL VOUCHERS

2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR


Without a school in St. Martha & Infant Jesus Parish, the children of our parish attend the surrounding Catholic schools.

 

Vouchers are a way of helping the families in our parish obtain a discount in the school tuition for elementary children.

 

In order to qualify and obtain a voucher, you must be an active and supporting parishioner (by the envelope system) of St. Martha or Infant Jesus for at least one year with a minimum donation of $365 for one child and $700 for two or more children for 2017.

 

St. Martha Parish pays a support fee of $350 per child to the Archdiocese for each voucher given.

 

To apply for a school voucher, please contact the office at 366-1604 between 8:30 and 3:30.

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Please complete and return to the office:

 

Parent’s Name: _________________________________

 

Address: ______________________________________

 

______________________________________________

 

Phone #: ______________________________________

 

Envelope #: _________

 

Child’s Name: __________________________________

 

School Attending: _______________________________

 

Grade: ______

 

Child’s Name: __________________________________

 

School Attending: _______________________________

 

Grade: ______


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


ROSARY

 

 

When:              First Saturday of each month

                        March 3rd, 2018

Where: Carmel Hall Chapel at Infant Jesus Church

Time:               9:00 a.m.

 

Become a prayer warrior and join the Blessed Virgin Mary in the rosary to end abortion, have world peace and personal needs.

 

The First Saturday of each month is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and has special meaning in your prayer life.  Blessings are given to us by our Mother.

 




JUSTICE & LIFE NEWS


MONTHLY PEACE PRAYER WALK –

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

 

"We ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace.  Yes, Christ is our PEACE, and through him to implore PEACE for all the world." - Pope Francis"

 

Please join us in following the call of Pope Francis to go out into the community and encounter others to promote PEACE. This month's PEACE PRAYER WALK is on the Westbank, Tuesday, January 30 at 6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Parish in Westwego.  All are welcome.  Sponsored by the ANO Office of Racial Harmony and Isaiah 43 Program.  Call Kristina at (504) 310-8772 for more information.


A few weeks ago you may have seen the bulletin post that brought attention to some of the injustices that exist in the criminal justice system and perhaps, why as Catholics we should care.  If we are a community of Christ followers, we must consider every human being as valuable and precious - the unborn, the stranger, the homeless and the prisoner. Here are a few more items for consideration and prayer:

  • The prison population in the U.S. in the 80's was roughly 300,000 and today we incarcerate over 2.2 million yet crime has not significantly changed.
  • As little as .61 cents per meal is being spent in typical penitentiaries yet $63 billion is spent annually on prisons - roughly 7% of state budgets matched only by healthcare spending.
  • Too many prisoners who return home often find themselves with little to no access to housing and essential resources that make it possible to find sustainable work. 


Consider these statistics next time you hear the word... "criminal" or "ex-offender".  The implications for criminal justice reform are financial, imperative to public safety, and imperative to our faith as we are called to care for the "least of these - our brothers and sisters"
(Matthew 25).  





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 Interfaith Prayer Service

Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. St. Louis Cathedral

 

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.




WEEKLY COLLECTION

         St. Martha    Infant Jesus

  Jan.  28 Weekly              $4,834.00      $2,264.00
Feb.    4 Weekly                $7,288.00      $2,914.00

 

  Thank you for your generosity!              




SPONSOR OF THE WEEK

 

Manhattan Animal Clinic, LLC & Boarding Kennel


SPONSOR OF THE WEEK


Cake Craze

 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS


MASS INTENTIONS 


 

Fri.     Feb.  16  8:00    St. Martha      Doris Sevin (anniv. of death)

Sat. Feb.  17     4:00      Infant Jesus

Ray Vegas, Evelyn Manuel, Amy Bairnsfather, Winnie & Resaire Ducote, Rita Landry,

Mr. & Mrs. Sam Centanni, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Eugene Blanchard, Jr.

 

Sat. Feb.  17      5:30 St. Martha

Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Anton Nguyen Van Tung, Josef Tuan Tran, Rita Marvio Bertolino, Mary Martin, Sandrus Baudoin, Aura Javellana, Artemio Javellana, Visitacion & Florentino Batiquin, Lorenza Dominguez Manabat, Doris LeBlanc Reese & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Cake Craze

 

Sun. Feb.  18    8:30  St. Martha  

Parishioners

 

Sun. Feb.  18  10:00  Infant Jesus

Michael Ditta, Marie Hernandez, Anthony “Mac” Palisi, Sr., Timothy Campbell, Darrel Hall, Sr., Beverly Delatte

 

Sun. Feb.  18  10:30  St. Martha

Maria Ho Nui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai-Leung, Lorenza Dominguez Manabat, Roland Lucas, Jr., The Wealthy & the Sick of the World &  Our Bulletin Sponsor: Cake Craze

 

Mon.  Feb. 19   8:00   Infant Jesus    For the Sick

Tues. Feb. 20   8:00   St. Martha       Lorenza Dominguez Manabat

Wed.  Feb. 21   8:00   Infant Jesus   The Holy Souls in Purgatory

Thurs. Feb.22   8:00   St. Martha       The Military

Fri.      Feb.23   8:00   St. Martha       The Sick

 

Sat.   Feb.  24  4:00   Infant Jesus

Ray Vegas, Evelyn Manuel, Mabel Rougeau, Anthony “Mac” Palisi, Sr. (birthday), Rita Landry, Eugene Blanchard, Jr.

 

Sat. Feb.  24  5:30    St. Martha   

   Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Anton   

Nguyen Van Tung, Mary Martin, Sandrus    Baudoin, Joseph Tuan Tran, Aura Javellana,

   Artemio Javellana, Visitacion & Florentino

   Batiquin, Doris LeBlanc Reese, Alan Acy, Jr.

& Our Bulletin Sponsor: Cake Craze

 

Sun. Feb.  25  8:30    St. Martha 

            Parishioners

 

Sun. Feb.  25  10:00  Infant Jesus  

            Anthony “Mac” Palisi, Sr. (birthday), Timothy Campbell, Beverly Delatte

 

Sun. Feb.  25  10:30  St. Martha  

Maria Ho Nui Leung, Christine Yuen-

Wai Leung, Roland Lucas, Jr. & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Cake Craze

 

Mon.  Feb.  26  8:00   Infant Jesus   For the Sick

Tues. Feb.  27  8:00   St. Martha       Our Military

Wed.  Feb.  28  8:00   Infant Jesus   For the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Thurs. Mar.  1  8:00   St. Martha      Robert Aucoin, Sr. (wedding anniv.) Fri.     Mar.   2  8:00    St. Martha      Special Intention


                     



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

Corrine Winter Authement of St. Martha Parish and

Cheryl Nicholas of Infant Jesus Parish

 

Please remember also those who mourn them.


ALTAR FLOWERS

St. Martha

 

Week of Feb. 11 the altar flowers were donated by Tony and Maggie Lumetta in memory of the Lumetta and North families.

 


VOCATION CROSS

Infant Jesus

 

   Feb.  17        4:00 p.m. Mass Genevieve Harris

   Feb.  25      10:00 a.m. Mass Jeanette Clark

                          

SANCTUARY LIGHT

Saint Martha

 

The Sanctuary Light will burn the week of Feb. 18 and Feb. 25

in memory of Roland Lucas, Jr.



THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!!!

 

2017 SPONSOR BOARD

 

Archbishop Blenk Council #1905

Best Western Westbank

Bill Bravender – State Farm Insurance

China Doll Chinese Cuisine

Divers Supply, Inc.

Dr. Vinh Nguyen Family Dentistry

Dufrene Surveying & Engineering, Inc.

Ferdie’s Printing Service

First Bank & Trust

Judge Stephen Grefer (2nd Parish Court)

Marrero Land & Improvement Assoc., Ltd.

Ricky Templet, Councilman District 1

Roy M. Bowes – Christian Legal Society

Stepper RV Service & Detailing

TJ’s Carnival Supplies

Twin Tire Auto Care






Food Pantry Sunday - Second Sunday Every Month

Helping Hands & Justice and Life Ministries of Infant Jesus/St. Martha Parish need the help of parishioners in serving our poor and homeless brothers and sisters.  Our food pantry (open every Wednesday and Thursday) is in need of the following items:

 

     Rice & Pasta

     Canned meat & tuna

     Canned soup & ravioli (w/ pull tabs)

      Pudding & peanut butter cups (single serves)

New or gently used: socks, gloves, hats, and clothing for men, women and children

 

We will be collecting donations the 2nd Sunday of every month beginning February 13th & 14th.  We thank you and God Bless you for your support of this important ministry in our Parish!  For more information please call the office: Infant Jesus-368-1397 or St. Martha-366-1604.

 

 


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.