I’m at a loss… I’ve searched high and low and I don’t know where to find the answer. It seems obvious to me, but I’d like either more opinions or just even resources to point me in the absolute right direction.
I am pregnant with #5 and we have a charismatic woman in our parish that LOVES to bless pregnancies. She does a “pinning” ceremony for each newly pregnant mom during our women’s groups where she blesses the mom, the baby and then “pins” the mom with a baby feet pin.
I didn’t tell her of my pregnancy because I’m not one of those people that like to be publicly called out in my early pregnancies. When she learned of it, she gently chastised me for not telling her.
This past Sunday, she was serving as EMHC and I ended being the next person in line to go to her. When I received, she said my name, presented Communion and I received. After Mass, she said “Oh geez! I’m so sorry! I totally forgot you’re expecting! I should have blessed your belly with the Host before you received.”
I immediately recoiled, sheepishly smiled and kind of gave a “heh heh” sound and said “Oh it’s ok.” and walked off. Now I’m utterly afraid she’ll do this next time she’s up there and I end up receiving from her.
I could make a huge deal and just not go to her, but I honestly think the idea of blessing a woman’s belly with a consecrated Host is sacrilegious. Almost using it like a talisman. Like I said, I don’t like being on public display and I’m so terrified of anyone seeing this woman making a huge sign of the cross over my belly with a consecrated Host before allowing me to receive. Not to mention I’m afraid she’ll drop the Host.
I don’t want to be downright rude to her but keeping the sanctity of the Eucharist in mind… is she right in doing this, do you think it’s a harmless act or am I being justified in not wanting her to do it. If I’m being justified, how can I go about telling her?
Thanks so much for any help!