Second chalice

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: I went to mass at a local high school that has several sisters who teach there. 

One sister sat at the back of the chapel for most of the mass  and went to communion last. After she received the host, the priest went to the altar and picked up a second chalice, not the one he used, and brought it down for her to receive the precious blood. After that, she went and sat with the other sisters. 

I don’t remember ever being at a mass where only one member of the congregation was offered the chalice. Is this a common practice? Does it have something to do with her role in her community?


A: Beats me.

If she hadn’t received the host, I’d wonder if she were gluten intolerant.

Might have to ask the priest for a clarification. And if you’d like to receive from the chalice, put in a request.