Q: Being a music minister, I do some 5-7 liturgies a weekend. Someone told me it is only permitted to receive the host 3 times. Is this per day or per weekend, and do you know the source of this? Thank you! == A: Canon 917 permits a person to receive communion at two masses on the same day.
Q: Is there any ritual book or instruction that lays out how to have baptisms at Sunday Mass? I have been at parishes that have customary ways, but I have not been able to find any documentation to back up these practices. === A: The description is in the Rite of Baptism for Children, paragraph 29, with a little extra information in paragraph 30. This was one of the first of the revised liturgical books after Vatican II, so the information is spotty, not developed.
Q: Is there any commentary or instruction available that could explain how different canticles and psalms were chosen for the various offices? For example how did Psalm 63 come to be placed in “Sunday, Week One,” used so often? Or the Canticle of the Three Young Men == A: You’ll find less than you want to know in the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours beginning at paragraph 126. You’ll find more than you want to know in Robert Taft’s book, The Liturgy of the Hours in East and West.
Q: Our deacon is training a couple of guys to lead communion services. He has told them that they are not allowed to sit in the priest’s chair nor the deacon’s chair when they are “presiding”. Your thoughts? Is there a new format for leading a communion service? == A: They may and they should use the presider’s chair. The confusion exists because the ritual book for Sundays without a Priest asks the presider of the service not to use the presider’s chair because the community has no priest. The directive appears only in the United States, and in no …
Q: In my prison ministry, one resident grew up in a Catholic family but was never baptized. He is asking for baptism and confirmation. The local pastor would like me to go ahead and baptize and confirm him (with the exceptional form), after a period of instruction. Should I be contacting the vicar general on these cases, or just work with the pastor? == A: RCIA 34/2 says that bishop decides “whether and when, as circumstances warrant, the entire rite of Christian initiation may be celebrated outside the usual times.” So he should give permission. It’s prudent to let …
Q: Father, when the blessed host at Mass is accidentally run out of at the communion rite, is a priest allowed to say a consecration prayer silently over the regular host which he can get in the sacristy so that he can provide blessed hosts for the rest of community of that mass ? == A: No, not allowed.
Q: Will the new Spanish translation of the missal for use in the United States use “for you” or “for all” in the eucharistic prayer? == A: por muchos
Comment: I love the way you respond to the blog questions. And thank you for your critiques of the National Anthem, as I use your criteria with the kids that sing it at our school games. == Response: Thank you!
Q: According to the Roman Missal, Ritual Masses #3, if a Baptism is conferred during Mass then it is permissible on days when Ritual Masses are permitted. If a Baptism is conferred outside of Mass, are there any restrictions on the days they are permitted throughout the liturgical year? Thank you for all you do. == A: Baptisms are forbidden on Good Friday and on Holy Saturday before the Vigil. Otherwise, Sundays are recommended, but other days are permitted.
Q: A parishioner wants to bring an urn with the ashes of her deceased relative to the parish mass this Sunday and have me say a few prayers. Is this allowed? == A: GIRM 380 permits funeral masses “on any day except for Solemnities that are Holydays of Obligation, Thursday of Holy Week, the Paschal Triduum, and the Sundays of Advent, Lent, and Easter, with due regard also for all the other requirements of the norm of the law.” Normally, I would consider a Sunday a Solemnity that is a Holyday of Obligation, but the specific references to Sundays in Advent, Lent and Easter …