Thursday, March 6, 2014


For those who fear germs, buy this for your Masses and feel germ free and relax from spreading germs and viruses via touching the communion wafer and drinking after someone else. Yes, this is being sold to Protestant denominations for their communion services. God forbid if any priest did this, so my suggestion is tongue in cheek. However, I did encounter these at an eccentric homebound parishioner who used these as he watched televised Masses and received when the congregation went to Holy Communion. Trust that I explained to him that this was simulating a sacrament and he shouldn't do it. He had quite a stash of these though that he had ordered after seeing them advertized on an evangelical's TV show! I wonder how many Catholics other than my shut-in has done this?


Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Sorry, you are overeacting and didn't see the comments on my Ash Wednesday post to which this is a follow-up. Here are some of those comments:
Anonymous said...

How long will it be before one of these watered down protestant ecclesiastical communities offers home delivery of an ashes kit. This way no one needs to bother going to church or to find one of these "ashes to go" ministers. Heck, let's take it a step further and do this with communion wafers. These would come in two varieties, consecrated and unconsecrated for those self-designated priests and priestesses who want to do the consecrating themselves. After all, we are all priests, prophets and kings right?

March 6, 2014 at 7:52 AM
Blogger Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

It already has happened! Some tV ministries mail a sinle prepackaged communion wafer with a tiny plastic cup of grape juice for this purpose. I learned this from one of my very old and eccentric shut ins who showed me the stock they had ordered and when they watched EWTN's daily Mass they used the wafer and grape juice at communion time! I was flbergasted but then thought this was a form of a spiritual communion using a sacramental. Odd but true!

March 6, 2014 at 7:58 AM
Blogger JBS said...

Fr. McDonald,

That sounds to me more like simulation of the sacraments than any sort of pious exercise, although I'm sure they didn't intend to do anything wrong. Sacramentals are defined by both canon law and the Catechism as blessings, exorcisms and liturgical objects, so I don't think even good intentions would qualify this as a sacramental. You should have just given him or her a bottle of wine and a loaf of bread! Perhaps a bottle of mead, since this person was eccentric!

March 6, 2014 at 8:14 AM
Blogger Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Certainly it is a simulation of a sacrament, but certainly not intentional on the part of this eccentric (perhaps with a bit of dementia) elderly shut-in. I don't believe one can make a spiritual communion at a television Mass, especially if the Mass is pre-recoreded as are the afternoon and nightly EWTN Masses.

But there was no point in arguing and at least they were praying along the Mass. That, even if the Mass is pre-recorded, is something and I'm glad our homebound have this televised resource and use it.

On another post a few years ago I showed a picture of this communion package as I asked the shut-in if I could have one. I'll try to search for it on my site and reproduce it.

March 6, 2014 at 8:41 AM
Blogger Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

I found a link for what my homebound eccentric had ordered. Look at the options of how to use this and evidently some protestant churches use it for their communion services and give the congregant the sanitary pre-packed wafer and grape juice.

I'm a germaphobe and the sanitary part of this appeals to me!!!!!

Gene said...

Why not just sell it at the 7-11?