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July 15th, 2007, 01:47 PM
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So we were going up for communion this morning and a blessing for my son, when the priest's line up was done so he went back to his seat, the line up for us ran out of communion so he just looked at me shrugged and walked away, so I was a bit confused and went and sat back down...no blessing for Quinn, no communion for me.

Ack what should I have done?
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July 15th, 2007, 03:19 PM
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Thats bizarre that they didn't have enough communion to dish out. Seriously, that was wrong, IMO. They should have opened the tabernacle and gotten some more for you, or maybe some other Eucharistic Minister had some? If so, they should have directed you to the person still handing out the Body. That put you in an awkward position, and I that it is wrong. I would say something to my priest if he did that to me. Maybe go up on the alter and start waving my hands demanding the BODY OF CHRIST!!!!!! haha....just kidding. I would quietly, after mass, approach the priest and ask what the deal is. I'm sorry they left you and your son out.
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July 15th, 2007, 05:52 PM
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Oh, boy... I don't know what I would have done. How strange. You might phone Father and ask him if the Extraordinary Ministers are trained as to what they should do if they run out. If not, they should be.

It seems like every time I've had an embarrassing or uncomfortable moment when receiving Holy Communion it is because of an unsure and/or poorly trained lay person distributing. I try to make sure we receive from a priest whenever possible.
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July 15th, 2007, 06:22 PM
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I'd call the priest and talk to him. Doesn't sound right to me. Although I am confused: was a lay person giving out the communion in your line up? Because lay people shouldn't generally give out blessing to children, the priest or deacon should. My husband always goes to the line up with the priest/deacon to get a blessing for my daughter.
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July 15th, 2007, 07:04 PM
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It was a Eucharistic Minister, I don't know the whole thing is awkward, I really don't mesh well with the priest, so maybe i will see how it goes next weekend.
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July 15th, 2007, 08:17 PM
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The extraordinary minister probably just had no idea what to do. In some places they apparently aren't trained very well.

And Julia is right... no layperson, except your husband and yourself, can give your child a valid blessing.
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July 15th, 2007, 08:51 PM
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Oh no!

What everyone is saying is true... the extraordinary minister of the eucharist should have gone over to get more (or started breaking the hosts in pieces once he saw he was running out). If it happens again you can go to the priest afterwards to receive the Body of Christ after Mass. I know in some cases Choir members will do this if they don't get the chance to receive during Mass, so it isn't completely unusual to receive after the Mass is over. Hopefully it doesn't happen again!
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July 24th, 2007, 10:31 AM
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This happened once at my church, I don't know why he didn't start to break up the hosts when he realized he was running short. What they did was went and got some unconcecrated (sp?) hosts and dipped them in the wine and began saying "blood of Christ" because that is what they were now receiving.
My brother, mom, and dad are all EM and i have no problems receiving from a EM. They are well trained and go through a very complete class. I accept a blessing to be valid form them just as when I sneeze and somebody says "God Bless you" it is not meaningless because they are not priests. Anybody can offer you a blessing.
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