For many years, St. Luke Parish has had a Mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday there has been Liturgy of the Word with Communion. That schedule evolved when Father John Venegoni was pastor at St. Teresa Parish and he was the only priest on staff for both parishes. Then, with his illness, that schedule was even more important. But that pattern continues today even though it does not fit our present situation since there are two priests at St. Teresa’s.
Feb. 8 was the last Liturgy of the Word with Communion here at St. Luke’s. The U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops has this policy which applies to all parishes: When daily Mass is scheduled in a parish, it is usually not appropriate to schedule a Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Holy Communion. This rite is designed for “those who are prevented from being present at the community’s celebration.”
Really! Since when does any religious institution discourage a communal spiritual encounter regardless of the location? The people who attend the Liturgy of the Word with Communion know they could go elsewhere for “mass,” however, they choose to go to St. Luke’s.
Even though The USCCB think they are ontologically different from the — quote — lay people of the Catholic Church, it is an exercise in power and fear of being exposed as hypocrites. Loosely put, ontologically different means they think they are better than the rest of humanity.
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Anne Harter, Belleville