In accordance to liturgical norm, the consecrated precious blood of Christ should be consumed and not left over at the end of each Mass. On recent occasions, there have been surplus chalices of the Precious Blood of Christ left over at the end of Mass. This was a direct result of there being less than the rostered num-ber of Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) present at the services.
It has been decided, after consultation and deliberation of various options, to trial the distribution of the Precious Blood at two stations instead of four. As a result, fewer EMHC will be required at weekend masses. The effect of this change will be monitored and constructive feedback may be given to Fr Phong, Fr Simeon or Deacon Bruce. After the trial period, a final decision will be made.
It may be helpful to note that “Christ Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, is wholly present under the appearance either of bread or of wine in the Eucharist. Furthermore, Christ is wholly present in any fragment of the consecrated Host or in any drop of the Precious Blood”. (cf. Eucharisticum Mysterium, no. 32).
“Our Catholic faith teaches that Christ, whole and entire, and the true Sacrament, is re-ceived even under only one species…” (General Instruction to the Roman Missal, n.282)