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Allow Phoenix Catholics to continue to receive Communion under both kinds

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Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, announced his intention to reserve the distribution of Holy Communion under both kinds for special feast days and other important occasions.  This decision was made without consultation with any of the pastors or the faithful directly involved.  In doing so, we have been made to feel powerless and disrespected as lay Catholics.

Our faith teaches us that to receive both the Sacred Host and the Precious Blood is a fuller sign of Christ’s sacrifice and gift to us.  Tradition, scripture, and church documents support distribution of Holy Communion under both kinds whenever mass is celebrated.  Christ instructed his disciples to "Take this all of you and eat for this is my body.  Take this all of you and drink for this is my blood."

Jesus said to them,

"Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.

 (John 6:53-57)

The church distributed Communion under both kinds from the Last Supper through the 12th century.  At the time of the Second Vatican Council the faithful had evolved from participants to spectators at mass.  The liturgical changes brought about by Vatican II attempted to bring the church back to its roots.  As a result, the laity began participating and were once again permitted to receive Communion under both kinds. 

To now minimize the Sunday liturgy by reserving the Precious Blood for “special occasions” as the Bishop intends diminishes the sign and symbol of the Lord’s sacrifice and gift to us.    

We have many faithful parishioners with celiac disease or who are gluten intolerant.  By implementing the Bishop's decision we are excluding them from receiving Communion altogether.

Please sign the petition asking Bishop Olmsted to reconsider his decision and allow us to continue receiving Communion under both kinds at our Sunday and weekday liturgies.  By signing this, the petition letter will go out by email, with your name on it, to Bishop Olmsted, Rev Richard Hilgartner (Executive Director USCCB Secrtariat for Divine Worship), and Msgr Jean Francois Lantheaume (Office of the Apostolic Nuncio to the US).  If you want to add you own comments to the letter, you can do so.  You can also send another letter by snail mail if you want.  Here are the addresses:

Most Rev Thomas J Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, 400 E Monroe St, Phoenix AZ 85004

Rev Richard Hilgartner, Executive Director, USCCB Secretariat for Divine Worship, 3211 4th St NE, Washington DC 20017-1194

Msgr Jean Francois Lantheaume, Office of the Apostolic Nuncio to the US, 3339 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20008


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