Sacred Heart Catholic Church
4505 Elizabeth Street
Texarkana, Texas 75503
Prayers For Fr. Adams
Please keep Fr. Adams in your prayers
as he undergoes back surgery.
Updates will be posted here as they are received.
1/6/17 Father came out of surgery around 6:30 pm. He is in recovery and resting well.
1/7/17 Father is doing very well and is pain free. Monday he enters rehab and should be back in approximately 2 weeks.
1/14/17 Father is completely free of pain and working on building leg muscle. He should be back at the rectory later this week.
Norms for Receiving Holy Communion
The Church has always required from the lay faithful respect and reverence for our Eucharistic Lord at the moment of receiving Him in Communion. Those who are excommunicated or interdicted (banned from Communion) are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, nor are those who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, nor should anyone conscious of grave sin receive Communion without first receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation; the only exception, in either case, is when a person has grave reason and no prior opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation (cf. Catechism, no. 1385). In such instances, the person should make an act of perfect contrition, which should include the intention of confessing his sins as soon as possible.
We need to receive Holy Communion with the utmost reverence because, in consuming Our Eucharistic Lord, we are joining ourselves to the most important event in human history: Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, through which we were redeemed from sin and can receive the grace to enjoy eternal salvation in heaven.
To respond to our Lord’s invitation to receive Him in the Eucharist, “we must prepare ourselves for so great and holy a moment” (Catechism, no. 1385; cf. 1 Cor. 11:27-29). Further, the manner in which we receive Communion “ought to convey the respect, solemnity, and joy of this
moment when Christ becomes our Guest” (Catechism, no. 1387).
The General Instruction of The Roman Missal (The GIRM) reiterates the ban against self-communion. It also provides the posture for the reception of Holy Communion and the gesture of reverence to be given: The faithful are not permitted to take the consecrated bread or the sacred chalice by themselves and, still less, to hand them from one to another.
The norm for reception of Holy Communion in the dioceses of the United States is standing, however, communicants should not be denied Holy Communion because they kneel. The new GIRM affirmed a 1977 decree from the U.S. bishops, saying: “The consecrated host may be received either on the tongue or in the hand, at the discretion of each communicant” (GIRM, no. 160) There is no age limit established, therefor children are also able to choose to receive either on the tongue or in the hand.
Because of widespread attempts to prevent the lay faithful from receiving Communion on the tongue, Pope John Paul II in 1980 reaffirmed that it is the communicant’s choice whether to receive in the hand or on the tongue (DC, no. 11).
How to Receive Communion When receiving Holy Communion, the communicant bows his or her head before the Sacrament as a gesture of reverence and receives the Body of the Lord from the minister (no. 160). The words “The Body of Christ” are said by the minister and the communicant responds by saying “Amen” before receiving the host. Likewise, the words “The Blood of Christ” are said by the minister of the cup and the communicant responds by saying “Amen” before receiving the precious blood.
When communion is received by “intinction” – whereby the minister dips the host into the precious blood – the communicant receives on the tongue and does not receive the precious blood from the communion cup.
A person may receive Communion twice in the same day, but “only during the celebration of the Eucharist in which the person participates” (Code of Canon Law, canons 917 and 921.2). Those in danger of death may receive it outside of Mass (cf. canon 918).
A person should abstain from food or drink, with the exception of water and medicine, for at least one hour before receiving Holy Communion, although the elderly and the sick—and those who take care of them—are exempted (canon 919.3; cf. Catechism, no. 1387).