Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Sacramental PoliciesTHE SACRAMENTS IN GENERAL
The following policies were promulgated in 1991 and 1992 by then Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez. Additions and some minor revisions were made by Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan together with the Presbyteral Council in November of 1997, and are included in this updated version of the policies.
* There is no separate section for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Guidelines for First Reconciliation are included in the Eucharist section, #25, #26, #27, #28.
**The Archdiocese of Santa Fe Marriage Policy (1995) is available from the Office of the Marriage Tribunal at the Catholic Center, 831-8177.
For information or clarification of these policies, please contact one of the following:
Office of Religious Education 831-8129
Office of Formation for Christian Service 831-8151
Office of Worship and Christian Initiation 831-8194
Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry 831-8145
The Sacraments of the New Testament, instituted by Christ the Lord and entrusted to the Church, as they are actions of Christ and the Church, stand out as the signs and means by which the faith is expressed and strengthened, worship is rendered to God and the sanctification of humankind is effected, and they thus contribute in the highest degree to the establishment, strengthening and manifestation of ecclesial communion; therefore both the sacred ministers and the rest of the Christian faithful must employ the greatest reverence and the necessary diligence in their celebration. (c. 840)
1 In the celebration of the Sacraments in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, the ordained ministers are to use the books approved by the Holy See and the Conference of Bishops of the United States.
2 Cultural sensitivity and adaptations through music and gesture in the celebrations of the sacraments is encouraged. In order to protect the integrity of the sacramental life of the Church and avoid abuses, the adaptations need the approval of the Archbishop. Requests for approval are to be made through the Office of Worship.
3 The ordained ministers may not refuse the sacraments to those who ask for them at appropriate times, are properly disposed and are not prohibited by law from receiving them (c 843, §1)
3.4.1 If the grievance is against one of the members of the parish staff, not the Pastor, recourse is to be presented to the Pastor.
3.4.2 If the grievance is against the Pastor, or the aggrieved party wants to appeal the decision of 2.4.1., recourse is to be presented to the Dean.
3.4.3 If the grievance is against the Dean, or the aggrieved party wants to appeal the decision of 24.2., recourse is to be presented to the Tribunal Office of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.
3.4.4 The decision of the Tribunal is ordinarily the final decision. If subsequent appeals ate possible, the aggrieved party will be notified of the procedures.
4 Catholic ministers may not ordinarily administer the sacraments to those who are not in full communion with the Catholic Church; with the exception mentioned in canon 844, §3.2
5 Beyond the offerings defined by the Provincial Bishops, the ordained Ministers are not to ask for further offering for the administration of the sacraments (of. cc. 848, 1264, 1161)3 Care is to be taken that people are not denied the sacraments because they cannot afford the fees. Any appearance in trafficking is to be entirely excluded.
Offerings approved by Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan and promulgated on March 11, 1997:
6 As a general rule the sacraments are to be celebrated in the parish church or approved chapels or oratories.
7 Sacramental records of the parish are confidential.
7.2 While it is a right of the faithful to obtain an authentic copy of the records that affect their status in the Church,4 parish staff is not to allow them to inspect the parish sacramental books since they contain information about others.
Canon 487. §2: It is a right of interested parties to obtain personally or through their proxy an authentic written copy or a photocopy of documents which are public by their nature and which pertain to the status of such persons.
7.3 Pastors or Administrators are to see that their staff is properly instructed about the confidentiality of records and that they are sworn to keep secrecy about the information that is found in the parish records.
From the earliest time, the Church, to which the mission of preaching the gospel and of baptizing was entrusted has baptized children as well as adults. Our Lord said: 'Unless a man is reborn m water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom or God. (John 3:5) The Church has always understood these words to mean that children should not be deprived of baptism, because they are baptized in the faith of the Church. This faith is proclaimed for them by their parents and godparents, who represent both the local Church and the whole society of saints and believers: ‘The Church is at once the mother of all and the mother of each.’ (Saint Augustine, Epistle 98, 5: PL 33, 362.)
1 By definition infants are those who have not yet reached the age of reason (7 years old) and cannot have or profess their own faith. (of c. 97, §2; c. 852, §1; Rite of Baptism of Children, No. 1). All others are to be considered miners or adults, and the rites and policies of the RCIA or the RCIC must be followed.
2 The proper liturgical rites approved for the baptism of infants are to be used.
3 Parents are to be encouraged to have their children baptized within the first weeks after birth, following the prescriptions of universal law. (c, 867, §1)
4 A child of parents who belongs to the Latin church is ascribed to it by reception of baptism, or, if one of the parents does not belong to the Latin church and bath parents agree in choosing that the child be baptized in the Latin Church, the child is ascribed to it by reception of baptism; but if the agreement is lacking, the child is ascribed to the ritual church to which the father belongs (c. 111, Oriental Code canon 29). Notification of the proper rite of the child in inter-ritual baptism is to be made in the baptismal register.
5 In the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, at least one of the names given to the baptized must be a saint’s name. (c.855)
6 For the licit celebration of infant baptism it is necessary that there be:
BAPTISM - GENERAL NORMS
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28: 19-20a)
1 The right to baptize belongs to the pastor of the home parish in which the adult to be baptized, or in which the parent(s) of the child to be baptized are registered or belong.
2 Baptism is to be celebrated either in the Perish Church or its missions according to the discretion of the Pastor. Baptism is not to be celebrated in private homes. Outside the case of danger of death baptism is not to be celebrated in a hospital or other place. (cc. 857, 860)
3 Outside the case of necessity, it is not lawful for anyone, without the required permission, to confer baptism in the territory of another, not even upon his own subjects. (c. 862),
4 Outside of the case of necessity, it is not lawful for anyone, without the required permission from the proper pastor, to confer baptism in their territory upon those who are not his subjects. In those instances wham permission has been obtained to have someone baptized in another parish, the responsibility for the paper work, catechesis, and the judgment as to whether the baptism should proceed, still remains with the proper pastor unless other arrangements have been explicitly made.
5 Whenever reasonably possible the sacrament of baptism is to be celebrated on Sundays in the presence of the Christian Community, not necessarily in the context of the Sunday Eucharist. Private ceremonies are strongly discouraged unless there is a reasonable cause in the judgment of the pastor of the place of baptism.1
6 Every parish church shall have a baptistry or at least a prominently located baptismal font, property equipped for the conferring of baptism (c. 858). The font shall be treated with reverence, neatly maintained, and thoroughly cleaned at frequent intervals.
7 Either the rite of immersion, which is more suitable as a symbol of participation In the death and resurrection of Christ, or the rite of infusion may be lawfully used in the celebration of baptism. (Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, Christian Initiation, General Instruction, 2nd editio typica: 1973. n. 22)
8 The Ordinary minister of the Sacrament is one who has received Sacred Orders. For parishes or communities without an ordained minister, a non-ordained Christian faithful can licitly administer the Sacrament by written permission of the Archbishop (c, 861, §2).
9 The faithful shall be instructed on the meaning and necessity of baptism, especially when the Sunday's Scripture readings lend themselves to the theme, e.g. during Lent, Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord.
10 Periodically an instruction shall be given in every parish explaining the requirements for the valid administration of baptism and the obligation of a lay person to confer the sacrament in emergency (c. 861, §2). The faithful shall be instructed to report an emergency baptism immediately to the pastor of the person baptized. The pastor will decide if prudent grounds exist for repeating the baptism conditionally.
11 Priest and deacons shall acquaint those who may be concerned, especially doctors, nurses, and parents, including non-Catholics if necessary, with the Church's practice in regard to baptism. This obligation devolves particularly upon hospital chaplains and pastors having hospitals within their parishes. The matter should also be clearly explained to those about to enter into marriage.
12 After an emergency baptism, the proper pastor shall arrange to supply the ceremonies using the proper rite in the approved liturgical books. [Cf #22]
13 Only persons not yet baptized may be baptized. (c. 864)
14 Whenever an adult is seeking baptism, he/she ordinarily is to be prepared through the RCIA process. Children of catechetical age are to be prepared through the RCIC process.2 See Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Infant Baptism Policy, for the preparation required when an infant is being baptized.
The sacramental preparation of children of catechetical age can be done through the regular catechism classes offered at the parish, however the rites of the RCIA or RCIC are to be followed.
15 If there is a doubt whether one has been baptized or whether baptism was validly conferred and the doubt remains after serious investigation, baptism is to be conferred conditionally. (c. 889, §1)
15.2 If there is a question of whether baptism was conferred validly by a non-Catholic community, the rites of the non-Catholic community as well as the intention of an adult baptized person and the minister of the baptism need to be investigated. As a rule of thumb, if water and the Trinitarian formula is used the baptism is conferred validly.4
16 If aborted fetuses are alive, they are to be baptized if possible (c. 871). If there is doubt of whether the person or the fetus is alive, baptism can be conferred conditionally. If there is no doubt that the person or fetus is dead, the minister may not baptize.
17 Whenever possible a sponsor is to be employed in the celebration of the sacrament (c. 872).
18 At the request of the parents and in accordance with the ecumenical guidelines a baptized Christian not in full communion with the Catholic Church may act as Christian witness together with a Catholic sponsor. (cf. c. 874, §2) If a Christian witness was used, proper notification of that fact should be made in the baptismal register.7
Because of the close communion between the Catholic Church and the separated Eastern church it is permissible for a just reason to accept one of the faithful of an Eastern Church as godparent along with a Catholic godparent at the baptism of a Catholic infant or adult, as long as the Catholic upbringing of one being baptized is provided for and there is assurance that the person is fit to be a godparent. (Secretariat for Christian Unity, Ecumenical Directory, Part I, May 14, 1967. no. 48)
19 A Catholic, if requested, may act as a Christian witness or sponsor at a non-Catholic baptism.
20 A baptismal sponsor may act through a proxy.
21 It is the duty of the pastor to see that as soon as possible the celebration of Baptism is to be recorded in the proper parish book in accord with canon 877, §1.
22 When an emergency baptism has been celebrated in a hospital, or any other place, the following steps are to be followed in order to insure proper recording of the baptism:
22.5 When Baptism is conferred by a non-cleric, the recording of the baptism is done in accord with the norms of law. Catholic Chaplains are to see that the proper information is sent to the parish.
23 In recording the baptism of a child of an unmarried mother, the name of the mother is to be inserted if there is public proof of her maternity or a she asks this willingly, either in writing or before two witnesses; likewise the name of the father is to be inserted if his paternity has been proved either by some public document or by his own declaration before the pastor and two witnesses; in other cases, the name of the one to be baptized is recorded without any indication of the name the father or the parents. (canon 877, § 92)
24 In recording the baptism of an adopted child, the names of the adopting pare are to be recorded. The names of the natural parents are not to be recorded since that is contrary to the norms for the State of New Mexico (c. 877, §3). Please note that, in the case of adoption after baptism, the names of the natural parents should be kept in the baptismal register, and a notation of adoption the new parents' names should be added to the record. Be aware that in the State of New Mexico the names of the natural parents cannot be given out without a court order, even after the adoptee is eighteen years old.10
25 No changes can be made in the baptismal register, unless there is an authentic document that substantiate the change. The change is to be marked in notations, including the source of the change.
Those who have been baptized continue on the path of Christian initiation through the Sacrament of confirmation. In this sacrament they receive the Holy Spirit whom the Lord sent upon the apostles on Pentecost. (Rite of Confirmation, #1)
1 Pastors are to encourage those in their parish who have not received the sacrament of confirmation to receive it.
2 The ordinary age for confirmation in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe is during the High School years.1 The confirmation name must be the name of a saint.
The Archbishop of Santa Re, reserves the right to confirm infants (those under the age of 7) in accord with the centenary and immemorial customs established in New Mexico. (c.26). Requests are to be made directly to the Archbishop.
3 Even though it is permissible for a child between the ages of 7 and 16 when baptized, or welcomed into full communion with the Catholic Church, to be confirmed by the presbyter that administers the sacrament of baptism, or welcomes the child into full communion with the Church (Cf. Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults NCCB/USCC #305), this practice, however valid, should be discouraged so as not to subvert the normal confirmation preparation program.
4 Request for the sacrament of confirmation to be celebrated in a parish is made through the Archbishop's Office.
5 Pastors and parents are to ascertain that the person to be confirmed has chosen freely to receive this sacrament. In the latter stages of preparation each candidate should indicate by letter to the Archbishop, or his designate, his or her desire to receive the sacrament on the occasion offered.
6 Pastors are to make sure that proof of baptism is established for all candidates to be confirmed.
7 Pastors shall urge those to be confirmed to approach the sacraments of Penance prior to the celebration of Confirmation, unless the candidate is a Catechumen.2
8 Each candidate to be confirmed shall have an individual sponsor. To be admitted as a sponsor the following prescriptions must be met (canons 893; 874, §1):
8.4 not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;4
These are legitimately imposed penalties by a Tribunal of the Church. No one may impose their own penalties. Penalties in the Church must be imposed or declared by a judicial process (e.g. excommunications, suspensions, interdicts).
8.5 not be the father or the mother of the one to be confirmed.
9 It is desirable that the one who undertook the role of sponsor at baptism be sponsor for confirmation. (c. 893, 32)
10 A preparation program for candidates for confirmation should ordinarily be offered in parishes each year. A preparation program should be offered at least every second year.
11 A pastor may not present a member of another parish for confirmation without the permission of the proper pastor.
12 Confirmation preparation is one of many opportunities for ongoing faith formation in the life of young people. It is the obligation of parents to see that their children continue to participate in the catechesis and other faith formation offered by the parish throughout their high school years, even after the celebration of confirmation. Confirmation preparation will include the following:
13 Whenever possible a parish community is to have a program coordinator who assists the pastor and others in the parish staff in designing and coordinating the program. Proper selection of catechists and other adult leaders is of importance.
14 Those entering into full communion with the Catholic Church, who have been validly confirmed in their church are not to be confirmed again.5
15 No fee or offering in connection with the administration of confirmation may be required from those who are to be confirmed or from their parents or sponsors.
16 The following norms apply to the faculty of the pastor, parochial vicar or the presbyter who legitimately takes their place, to confirm6
Other presbyters need explicit delegation from the Archbishop for the validity of the sacrament. Please note that the same priest who baptizes, or welcomes someone into full communion with the Church, is the one that enjoys the faculty to confirm. The two actions must be celebrated by the same priest, otherwise the confirmation is invalid.
16.1 The minister described above who baptizes one who is no longer an infant, has by universal law the faculty to confirm. (cf. cc, 852, 866, 883, § 2°)
16.2 The minister described above who receives into full communion one who is no longer an infant and was baptized in a non-Catholic community, employs by universal law the faculty to confirm (c. 883, § 2°).
16.3 The minister described above who readmits to full communion with the Catholic Church, baptized Catholics who have apostatized from the faith and are not confirmed, enjoys by universal law the faculty to confirm. (c. 883, § 2°, and Pontifical Commission for the Interpretation of the Decrees of Vatican Council II, reply of April 25th, 1975: AAS 67(1075), 348.)
16.4 The minister described above who readmits to full communion a baptized Catholic who has been instructed in or adhered to a non-Catholic religion, without fault of their own, enjoys by universal law the faculty to confirm (cf. c. 883, § 2°; and Pontifical Commission for the Interpretation of the Decrees of the Vatican Council II, reply of December 21st, 1979: AAS 72(1980), 105).
17 If a priest wishes to confirm a Catholic baptized as an infant, that was not raised in the Catholic Church or any other religion and has not been confirmed, must request faculties in writing from the Archbishop, When requesting faculties the full name of the candidate(s) for confirmation and the reasons for the request are to be clearly stated. To confirm in these cases without the express faculty granted by the Archbishop renders the sacrament invalid. 7
18 Any presbyter may confirm in case of danger of death (c. 883, § 3°).
19 Deacons may not confirm under any circumstances.
20 In preparing the liturgical celebration the directives of the proper liturgical books are to be followed.
21 As soon as possible the pastor is to see that the proper information is entered into the parish register of confirmation. The following information must be entered:
22 The pastor is also to see that the proper information is sent to the parish of baptism so that the proper entry be made in the baptismal register in accord with the norms of canon 535, §2 (cf. c. 895)
The Most Holy Eucharist is the most august sacrament, in which Christ me Lord himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. (c. 897)
1 The minister, who in the person of Christ confects the sacrament of the Eucharist, is solely a validly ordained priest (c. 900)
2 When a just cause requires it, priests in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe are allowed to celebrate Eucharist twice a day and three times on Sundays and holy days of obligation. (c. 905, §2).
3 The celebration of the Eucharist is to be done in accord with the approved liturgical books for the United States. The 1962 Ordo Missae may be celebrated in parishes that have obtained the proper permissions and with the restrictions placed by the Archbishop at the time of granting the permission.
4 The ordinary minister for the distribution of the Eucharist is a bishop, priest, or deacon (c. 910, §1).
5 The extraordinary minister for the distribution of the Eucharist is a properly instructed and commissioned lay person.
5.5 The normal attire of the lay Eucharistic minister is lay clothes which are appropriate for the ministry. They are not to wear albs or stoles, or any other insignia that may lead others to believe that they are ordained ministers. They may wear a cross or other Eucharistic symbol which is to be worn over lay clothing.
5.6 Ordinarily the lay ministers are to be seated in the pews with other members of the assembly. They are to approach the altar at the time of the breaking of the bread.
5.7 Lay Eucharistic ministers who are taking the Eucharist to the homebound or to those in hospitals are to present the Eucharist in a prayerful manner. They are not to make judgment regarding the suitability of the person to receive the Eucharist; such concerns are to be referred to the pastor.
CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST
6 The Eucharist must be celebrated with unleavened bread and wine.
7 The celebration of the Eucharist may take place any day and at any hour, except for those times excluded by the liturgical norms (c. 931)
8 A priest may not celebrate the Eucharist without the participation of at least some members of the faithful, except for a just and reasonable cause (c. 906)
9 In celebrating the Eucharist priests are to wear alb, stole and chasuble of the color of the day as prescribed in the liturgical books. In concelebrations, the concelebrating priests may wear alb and stole of the proper liturgical color. The presider is to be fully vested. It is not proper for priests to wear the stole over a cassock, religious habit or secular clothes. It is not proper for those who are not bishops to wear a pectoral cross.5
When a bishop wears a pectoral cross he is to wear it under the chasuble or cope. (Ceremonial of Bishops n. 61)
10 When assisting at the celebration of the Eucharist, deacons are to wear an alb, stole, and dalmatic. If the parish community does not have dalmatics, the deacon may wear alb and stole. It is not proper to wear the stole over a cassock, religious habit, or secular clothing. Deacons are not to wear a cross when they are vested.
11 The celebration of the Eucharist is to take place in a sacred place, unless in a particular case necessity demands otherwise; in such a case it must be done in a respectable place (c. 932).
12 The Eucharist is to be celebrated upon a dedicated or blessed altar; a suitable table can be used outside of a sacred place, but always retaining the use of cloth and corporal (c. 932, §2)
13 Priests may concelebrate at any celebration of the Eucharist in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, unless the welfare of the faithful urges otherwise or the Archbishop has judged that the concelebration is not appropriate for that occasion.
14 Deacons are not celebrants of the Eucharist; they assist the bishop and priests at the altar. At the celebration of the Eucharist the deacon has his own functions: he proclaims the gospel, sometimes preaches God's word, leads the general intercessions, assists the priest, gives communion to the people (in particular ministering the chalice), and sometimes gives direction about the assembly's moving, standing, kneeling, or sitting. (Cf. General Instructions #61).
14.4 After the presider introduces the general intercessions, it is desirable that the deacon announce the intentions, but others may. The presider concludes the intercessions.
14.5 At the presentation of the gifts, the deacon prepares the altar and assists the presider in receiving the gifts. if incense is used, the deacon assists the priest with the incensing of the gifts and the altar; afterward he incenses the presider and the people.
15 Ordinarily only the deacons assisting at the altar are to be vested during the celebration of the Eucharist On those occasions when the deacons are vested as an order, 9 they do not gather around the altar for the Eucharistic prayer, but remain at their place following the proper posture of the laity. Ordinarily when tile deacons are vested as an order, they are seated together but not accompanied by their wives.
Gathering of the Archdiocesan Clergy; Liturgy of Ordination of Deacons; Funerals of Deacons.
16 For the sake of uniformity in movement and posture during the celebration, the faithful should follow the directions given by the deacons, the presider, the master of ceremonies or another minister. At every celebration of the Eucharist the following posture is to be observed:10
PARTICIPATION IN THE EUCHARIST
17 Any baptized person who is not prohibited by law can and must be admitted to Holy Communion (c. 912). The Guidelines prepared by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops shall be noted.11
18 It is highly recommended that the faithful receive Holy Communion during the celebration of the Eucharist itself12, but it should be administered outside Mass to those who request it for a just cause, the liturgical rites being observed. (c. 918)
19 One who is to receive the Holy Eucharist is to abstain from any food or drink, with the exception of only water and medicine, for at !east one hour before Holy Communion. A priest who celebrates the Eucharist two or three times on the same day may take something before the second or third celebration even if a period of one hour does not intervene. Those persons who are advanced in age or who suffer from an infirmity, as well as those who take care of them, may receive the Eucharist even they have taken something during the previous hour. (c. 919)
20 Communion may be distributed either under the form of bread alone or under the form of bread and wine, the latter practice being preferred.
21 When a priest is not available for the celebration of the Eucharist, Communion may be distributed in a special service using previously consecrated hosts.
22 Communion may be taken to the sick and homebound any day or time of the day,13 with the following exceptions:
The norms given in 36 are to be followed.
22.1 On Good Friday, Holy Communion may be distributed to the faithful during the celebration of the Lord's Passion alone, though a may be brought at any time of the day to the sick who cannot take part in the celebration.
23 A person who has received the Eucharist during the day may receive it a second time the same day only if the person participates in the celebration of the Eucharist.14 Those who are in danger of death are strongly urged to receive again even a they have received Communion in the same day (c. 921, §2)
PARTICIPATION IN THE HOLY EUCHARIST FOR THE FIRST TIME
24 For the administration of the Eucharist to children, a is required that they have sufficient knowledge and careful preparation so that they can understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity, and can receive the Lord with faith and devotion. (c. 913, §1)
25 It is the responsibility of parents and those who take the place of parents as well as the pastor to see that children who have reached the use of reason are correctly prepared for the Eucharist as early as the third grade. First reception of the Eucharist is to be preceded by the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. (c. 914)
26 The first celebration of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for all children will ordinarily take place in the third grade. A period of approximately three months shall separate the celebration of First Reconciliation from First Eucharist.15
Older children should be prepared for the Sacraments of Initiation through the RCIC process.
27 It is the responsibility of parishes to provide programs for all children and parents preparing for the celebration of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.16
If the parents have gone through similar instructions within the last two years, they do not need to repeat the instructions again.
28 Children who have completed programs of preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in Catholic Schools, are not required to participate in sacramental preparation classes in their home parish programs before the sacraments are celebrated.
29 Ordinarily children of catechetical age who ate not baptized are to be prepared in such a way that they will receive the Sacrament of Baptism and Holy Eucharist in the same celebration.
30 Whenever possible, adults who have not received the Eucharist for the first time should be prepared for the reception of the sacrament through the RCIA process.
31 Whenever possible, First Eucharist should be received under both species following the norms given above.18
RESERVATION OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST
32 The Eucharist must be reserved in the cathedral church and all parish churches of the Archdiocese, and in churches or oratories attached to a canonically erected house of a religious institute or society of apostolic life (c. 934, §1,1°)
33 The Eucharist may be reserved in other churches, oratories, or chapels with the permission of the Archbishop. This permission must be obtained in writing. (c. 934, §1, 2°)
34 The Eucharist may be reserved in any rectory where there is a resident priest. However, the Eucharist may not be reserved in private homes or residences, even those of priests or religious without the written consent of the Archbishop.
35 In places where the Eucharist is reserved, insofar as it is possible, a priest is to celebrate Mass there at least twice a month. (c. 934, §2)
36 It is not licit to keep the Eucharist on one's person or to carry it on a journey unless there is a pastoral need. (c. 935)
37 Unless a grave reason prevents it, the church in which the Eucharist is reserved should be open to the faithful for at least some hours each day providing time for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament (c. 937)
38 The Eucharist is to be reserved in only one tabernacle of a church or oratory (canon 938).
38.2 For safety purposes, the Blessed Sacrament may be reserved in a safer, but appropriate place, especially during the night.
38.3 The tabernacle is to be immovable, made of solid opaque material, and locked so that the danger of profanation may be entirely avoided. Clear glass tabernacles are not allowed.
38.4 The key to the tabernacle it to be kept in a safe place.
38.5 A special lamp designating and honoring the presence of Christ is to burn at all times before the tabernacle in which the Eucharist is reserved.
EXPOSITION AND VENERATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
39 It is recommended that in all churches where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved there be exposition of the Sacrament either with the ciborium or with the monstrance, at least occasionally, observing the norms prescribed in the liturgical books.20
"I strongly encourage all our parish churches to initiate or to continue the venerable practice of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on first Friday of every month, as well as on the feast of Corpus Christi." Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez, Pan de Vida A pastoral letter on the Eucharist, June 2, 1991.
40 The minister of exposition and benediction with the Blessed Sacrament is a priest or deacon.
41 Lay Eucharistic ministers, who are deputed for this purpose, may expose and repose the Blessed Sacrament, but may not give the benediction.
42 It is recommended that on the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, a public witness of veneration of the Eucharist be given by means of a procession through the public streets near the parish church. When it is required the proper permission from the civil authorities should be obtained.
43 Parishes that wish to establish perpetual adoration of the Eucharist or similar practices in a permanent way need the permission of the Archbishop. This request for permission is to be in writing stating the way in which the adoration is to be conducted.
44 Proper catechesis is to be given to the faithful regarding veneration of the Eucharist outside of Mass, so that those who participate may benefit.
STIPENDS RECEIVED FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST
45 According to the practice of the Church a is lawful to accept offerings to apply the Mass for a definitive intention. (c. 945). However, a priest may not ask for more than the amount determined by the Bishops of the Province. 21
At the present time the approved amount is $10.
46 Any appearance of trafficking or commerce is to be entirely excluded from Mass offerings (c. 947). Intentions cannot be denied because the person is unable to make a monetary offering.
47 A priest who celebrates Mass more than once a day or celebrates a Mass with multiple intentions may offer the Mass for the different intentions, but may retain the offering for only one intention.22
A priest may only take the equivalent of one intention ($10) on those occasions such as All Souls Day, November 2nd) when multiple offerings are made by the faithful.
48 On Christmas day, the presider may keep stipends for all the Masses he celebrates. Concelebrants are entitled to only one stipend. (cf. canon 951).
49 The excess stipends from binations, trinations, or multiple-intentioned Masses are to be remitted to the Seminarian Education Fund every month in care of the Archdiocesan Finance Office. If, however, there is urgent financial need in the parish, the excess stipend, or a part of it, may be applied to the general administration of the parish with the prior approval of the Archbishop.23
50 Every parish community and institution in the Archdiocese that accepts Mass stipends is to keep a careful record of the intentions received. In this book the following information is to be kept: number of Masses to be celebrated, the intention to be celebrated, the stipend given for the celebration, and whether the intention has been fulfilled or not.
51 No one is allowed to accept more intentions that he can fulfill within a year. Anyone who has more intentions that he can fulfill within a year, is to send the intentions to the Chancellor for distribution to priests who receive no intentions.
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