WINE encourages women to form a spiritual sisterhood in developing a relationship with Christ

Tina Coleman, from St. Gabriel the Archangel, and Sandy Hauser, from St. Justin Martyr Parish, prayed during The Gateway WINE (Women in the New Evangelization) Book Club April 4 at Pauline Books and Media. The group meets each week for spiritual discussions on the books they are reading.

On a Wednesday afternoon, about a dozen women spread out among several tables, embellished with purple tablecloths, bottles of wine and chocolate. The atmosphere was relaxed, almost retreat-like, as they discussed the lives of the saints and how to pray with them.

DEAR FATHER | Reasons vary for pattern in distributing Communion under one or both species

Sometimes, this discussion of offering Holy Communion under both forms turns into a contentious issue. Some feel that when the Precious Blood isn't offered, they don't fully participate in Holy Communion or their rights as Catholics have been infringed upon. Far from feeling united in communion, individuals feel divided.

This view might be motivated by the underlying belief that clergy exclusively possess the Eucharist. Others participate only to the extent that this group allows. However, this view isn't wholly correct.

WINE gives boost to women in evangelization work in the Church

Kelly Wahlquist, author and national speaker, founded “WINE: Women in the New Evangelization.” Wahlquist met with women at the Daughters of St. Paul bookstore in Crestwood to talk about the important role that women play in the new evangelization.

Kelly Wahlquist was sipping on a glass of wine, overlooking a Napa vineyard as she pulled up the news on her laptop.

Newly named Pope Francis had just given one of his first impromptu airplane interviews, in which he called on a more "profound theology of women," Wahlquist told a group of women at a Nov. 2 talk hosted by the Daughters of St. Paul at Pauline Books and Media in Crestwood.

DEAR FATHER | Water added to wine in chalice as symbol of blood, water that flowed from Christ

Father John Mayo

Why is water added to only the celebrant's chalice and not the chalices used for distributing the Blood to the congregation? 

One of the movements of the offertory, after the gifts are brought to the altar, is that the deacon, or if there is no deacon the priest, pours a little water into the wine. St. Thomas Aquinas in his great "Summa Theologica" lists several reasons for this addition of water to the wine.

DEAR FATHER | Scriptures reveal God's intention for use of grape wine at Mass

Father John Mayo

Why do we use grape wine at Mass? Does is make a difference if it is red or white? 

As spring approaches, we happily await berry season. While many of these berries will be eaten, some will be turned into different kinds of wine.

With so many wineries and individuals fermenting not only grapes but various fruits into wine, why does the Church exclusively use grape wine at Mass? Why not use another wine like cherry that looks more like human blood than red or white wine?

Dear Father | Scripture provides for using grapes for Communion wine



Why does the Church require that wine be used for the Precious Blood of Christ?

Father Mayo's answer:

According to the Code of Canon Law, Canon 924 states that the wine used for Holy Mass should be natural and made from grapes that are not corrupted. Grape juice is not valid matter; the juice must be raw or from fresh grapes, which are susceptible to fermentation.

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