Jesus’ life leads Church to require wheat for Blessed Sacrament

Bishops verify and guarantee the validity and worthiness of the bread and wine used for the celebration of the Eucharist, the Vatican stated in a recent document.

Because bread and wine for the Eucharist are no longer supplied just by religious communities, but "are also sold in supermarkets and other stores and even over the internet," bishops create guidelines, an oversight body and/or a form of certification to help "remove any doubt about the validity of the matter for the Eucharist," the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments stated.

After Easter, Chileans on horseback bring Communion to homebound

Volunteers dressed in traditional cowboy clothing carried a banner and Chilean flags at the Quasimodo Festival April 23 in Colina, Chile. The festival dates to colonial times, when cowboys would protect from bandits the priests administering the sacraments.

COLINA, Chile — The priests and helpers came on horses and bicycles carrying red, white and blue Chilean flags and metal crosses. Their mission: to pray and give Communion to the old and infirm, parishioners who couldn't get to church on Easter Sunday.

In Chile, it's called "La Fiesta de Cuasimodo" (Quasimodo's Festival), and it takes place every year on the Sunday after Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.

DEAR FATHER | Remembering deceased at Mass just as important as remembering them at the grave

Bury my body wherever you will; let not care of it cause you any concern. One thing only I ask you, that you remember me at the altar of the Lord wherever you may be." — St. Monica, as recorded in the "Confessions" of St. Augustine

DEAR FATHER | Manner of cleaning sacred vessels speaks to reverence, respect for Eucharist

The Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar is a common way to refer to the Eucharist. When we think about the phrase's full meaning, we better grasp the value the Eucharist has to the Church. How we treat the Blessed Sacrament and how we behave in His presence show our reverence and respect for it. Even when cleaning the chalices, ciboria, patens and cloths that contain or touch the Eucharist, we are called to protect and dignify the sanctity of the sacrament.

DEAR FATHER | Preparing to receive Communion starts at home

Preparing to receive Jesus' Body and Blood starts at home — well before Mass. The Church teaches that Catholics should abstain from food or drink, except water, for one hour prior to receiving Communion. As we long for a drink or something to munch on while waiting for Mass, we should be reminded of our spiritual hunger to receive Jesus into our souls.

‘Awake My Soul’ at Cor Jesu Academy stirs high school students’ faith

Rebecca Venegoni Tower

Maria Zak, a senior at Cor Jesu Academy, prayed at the Awake My Soul Adoration event. The event was organized by Cor Jesu junior Maggie Feder, Jamie Garza of TNCE Productions, and campus ministry at Cor Jesu.

Setting aside homework, chatting on social media or other activities, about 85 high school students on Sept. 24 chose to kneel in front of the Blessed Sacrament, listened to faith stories of their peers and thanked God for His graces.

The teens attended "Awake My Soul," a praise and worship Adoration event at Cor Jesu Academy in south St. Louis County organized by Cor Jesu junior Maggie Feder.

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