Shouldn’t the first rinse be done in the Sacristy, and the water poured into the soil or down the sacrarium?
At my Church the soiled purificators and corporals are kept in a drawer and someone takes them home and supposedly does the proper procedure in their residence. We have no sacrarium. I am a sacristan and have been told by the other sacristan that she doesn’t think the woman who picks up and washes actually does a first rinse.
As a sacristan I am offering to do the first rinse in the sacristy and drain the water into the soil outside the sacristy door, then the linen could be sent out for the proper laundering as usual. It seems however that this being met with resistence from the other sacristan. I am talking to my Pastor and he seems to believe that the way it has been done is normal in parishes, with lay people taking the used altar linen home. I have a problem with the idea of the Sacred Particles still in corporals and Sacred Blood still in purificators being transported in cars and going into homes and being cared for in a haphazard manner.
Church documents seem to indicate that parishes have a sacrarium for this purpose. I see nothing that indicates that it’s OK to take the used linen with the Sacred species still on them into people’s home later.
My Pastor is very traditional believes in doing things according to Church standards and rules and is willing to meet with me about this, but from our brief conversation on the phone he seems to think this is normal procedure in a lot of parishes. I don’t know if it’s normal, but it doesn’t seem right to me. He is setting up an appointment however to discuss this .
What actually goes on in other parishes?