This teaching document is primarily intended for Roman Catholic seminaries and formation houses, with ordinary and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist at Roman/Latin Masses the primary audience. It is secondarily designed to be easily printed and carried with traveling Eastern Catholics.
This guide to the canons and practicalities concerning Eastern Catholics receiving the Eucharist in a Roman Catholic Mass was put together with the input of Eastern and Roman Catholic canon lawyers, liturgists, clergy, religious, and faithful. It will assist many in greater appreciation and participation in the universal nature of the Church.
With that explanation, the pamphlet was presented to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas with a request for a nihil obstat and imprimatur. Bishop Farrell decided that neither was needed in order to promote the work, saying it simply quoted and presented canon law. There was a presumption that every priest already knows this and no further authority is necessary for stating the obvious. We encourage you to share it far and wide online and in person so that reality may come to pass!
The pamphlet is the first major work of The Star of the East, a canonically established public association of the faithful headquartered at St. Sophia Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in The Colony, TX, under the omophor of the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Eparch of Chicago who is in full and visible communion with Rome. The Star of the East has a primary mission of disseminating reliable and orthodox material from appropriate and competent authorities to Eastern Catholic clerical, religious, and lay leaders on the topics of evangelism, catechesis, and missiology.
We want every Catholic to have free access to this meticulously accurate, easily comprehensible guide and we put in all the work to make that a reality. All that needs to happen now is to have it shared! We hope you’ll help with that. You can direct others to the St. Sophia website to see more about it, or to download and share the fantastic resource.
Offered under an “Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives” Creative Commons license, others may freely download and share the pamphlet as long as the author/publisher is attributed, it isn’t used commercially or for profit, and isn’t changed in any way. Using 2-sided printing, it fits on a single 8.5″ x 11″ paper.