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Leo Leduc Jr. wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • When I bring Holy Communion to a prayer meeting and I have a couple left, can I eat the rest or do I have to go back to the Church and put them in the tabernacle?

I brought Holy Communion to the sick in the hospital one day and I saw someone drop the pyx.  It subsequently opened and the consecrated hosts fell out.

  • What can be done with the consecrated hosts?
  • Can they be buried in a hole I dig?
  • When holy water is sprinkled on religious articles are they blessed?

Any help you can give me would be appreciated.


  { How do I handle these situations with Hosts when visiting the sick as an Extraordinary Minister? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi, Leo —

If you have been designated as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion, your pastor should have covered these matters with you.

It is not appropriate to bring the Eucharist to a prayer meeting at all. Communion Services are not to be held when and wherever we want Communion. Communion is part of Mass, and is administered outside of Mass only when:

a.) at the Church at Mass time, there can be no Mass;
b.) at a deathbed; and
c.) for the hospital-bound or home bound sick and elderly.

If someone spills the contents of the pyx, the consecrated hosts should be reverently gathered (and placed on a special cloth that exists for that purpose, if you have one) and replaced in the pyx. They are returned to the Church and there are special instructions for what to do with them that your pastor will explain to you.

If you don't want to add soiled hosts to clean hosts in the pyx, then you may certainly consume them reverently.

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Hi, Leo —

You said:

  • When holy water is sprinkled on religious articles are they blessed?

Yes! That is one of the many purposes of holy water.

Holy water is holy  because a Catholic priest has blessed the water.

If you wish to have a special blessing said on a particular item, you can make an appointment with the priest to have it personally blessed.

Hope this answers your question.


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