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Old May 10, '11, 8:17 am
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Default What do you do if someone vomits after Mass?

My son vomited after Mass this morning. We were on our way to the car when he felt sick and found a patch of grass. Because he was sick in the grass, I didn't dispose of anything, as I couldn't clearly make out any visible remains of the Eucharist. Can you tell me if this was the proper thing to do or should I have done something different?

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Old May 20, '11, 3:13 pm
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Default Re: What do you do if someone vomits after Mass?

If there were any clearly visible and recognizable pieces of the Eucharist, and if you had something to use to protect your hands (e.g., a handkerchief or tissue), you would pick up those pieces in the cloth or tissue and take them to a priest or deacon for proper disposal. If not, then simply inform the parish office so it can ask its custodian to pour water over the vomit to dissolve it. Even if the Eucharist had already been fully broken down by digestion (in which case the Real Presence no longer remains), the parish likely would want to clean up the lawn anyway.

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