Bishop allows pastors to reintroduce distribution of Precious Blood at Mass


Beginning on Pentecost Sunday, May 28, Bishop Barry C. Knestout granted priests in the diocese the faculty to distribute Holy Communion under the form of wine to parishioners during the celebration of Mass.

It is up to each pastor to determine whether to reintroduce the distribution of the Precious Blood in his parish.

Holy Communion under the form of wine has not been available to parishioners since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

No matter the pastor’s decision, the Church teaches that the whole Christ is sacramentally present in even the smallest particle of what appears to be bread or wine; Catholics still receive every bit of Jesus and all the sacramental grace after receiving Holy Communion under one form.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ” (CCC 1374) is present “whole and entire in each of the species and whole and entire in each of their parts” (CCC 1378).

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