Priests do not bless sacramentals?

I called my parish yesterday and asked if I could make an appointment for our priest to bless a couple of crucifixes and rosaries I have. The parish receptionist acted like she didn’t know what I was talking about. “You want him to do what?” “With your crucifix?” “What exactly do you need?” I explained very carefully that I had a few sacramental items that I’d like him to briefly bless - no big deal - and that I could drop by at any time for just a moment. She said, “I’m going to have to ask him if he can do that” and said she’d call me back.


A couple of hours later she called to say that the priest did not bless people’s personal belongings because it constituted a superstition and that there was no point. She said if I wanted a blessing then I should get into Father’s line for communion at Mass. I protested politely and asked if I could make an appointment to speak with the priest and she said that he was not taking private appointments. She said I could come to reconciliation if I needed to speak with him.

Does this seem normal?

No, that’s not normal. :rolleyes: Find another parish and another priest.

Ask him direct

but being a fairly easy going anglican I see the point she is making. It don’t make personal items any more Godly blessed or not blessed. One of my friends gave me crucifix to wear for my 40th birthday without even realising I don’t wear jewellry. She mentioned to my mum about getting it blessed but my mum reminded her can’t do things with it then - if following it through properly.

In fact, I think if you read through stuff you will find that there are things one cannot do once its been blessed if we are being proper. Most people don’t bother and most priests just go along with it because they don’t want to hurt the parishoner for saying no.

What does it actually mean being blessed to you anyway? Many people in our church do get stuff blessed but me personally, it no more special to God blessed or unblessed.

No, it’s not normal at all ! I would write to the Bishop’s office and relate the situation, and ask if another priest near you would be available for such things! That way, you’ll end up getting your things blessed, and the priest will not be getting away with this attitude.

The priest is going against Church teaching when he says that that blessing of objects is a superstition.

A blessed object carries with it the prayer of the Church, and is efficacious when used properly, with faith.

The Roman Gradual is one of the official prayer books of the Church and it contains in it blessings for sacramentals like water, palms, fruits, seeds, chalk, gold, etc. which are to be done on special feast days or whenever the blessing is short and can be done on the fly.

Either find another priest and parish or you can report to the Bishop that a certain priest is neglecting his service to his flock and entertaining some rather strange ideas concerning the nature of the priesthood and the nature of sacramentals. It’s not superstition. It’s a long-standing Tradition of the Church such that it’s even been codified into one of the Church’s official prayer books, the Graduale Romanum.

He sounds like he’s going Protestant.

He doesn’t bless sacramentals??? So are all the stoups filled with tap water then???

Wait…are you sure you called a Cathlolic Church?

This is one of the most abnormal things I’ve heard yet.


Not only is the priest off-base, but the secretary is rather “uninformed”.

No, this is definitely not normal. But before you do anything, I’d suggest you find a way to speak to the priest one-to-one and find out what’s going on. If he tells you that blessing sacramentals is hoogaba doogaba and he doesn’t take private appointments with parishioners, then it’s time to find another parish.

But it could well be that the woman you spoke with is simply addled. Been known to happen.


You can’t misuse or abuse blessed objects, and they have to be disposed of properly when they no longer function, but there’s nothing wrong with what the OP is asking. It’s standard Catholic stuff.

Based on your previous posts MomandWife, Catholics do a lot of unbelievable things in your world. Personally I would only believe you if you gave the name of the Parish and I could check myself.

Amen to that!!! And don’t forget to pray for the Priest and the secretary!

oh oh…

Ya go to another Priest.

Contrary to Catholic life. But maybe there was a miscommunication somewhere.

You could seek to discuss it with him privately after say Mass.

But I would not ask him to bless the items (do that elsewhere) but you could ask him what was meant – for perhaps something was misunderstood. Then if he gives you that answer you may contact the Bishop --Priests ought not be teaching what is contrary to what the Church teaches.



1667 "Holy Mother Church has, moreover, instituted sacramentals. These are sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacraments. They signify effects, particularly of a spiritual nature, which are obtained through the intercession of the Church. By them men are disposed to receive the chief effect of the sacraments, and various occasions in life are rendered holy."173

The characteristics of sacramentals

1668 Sacramentals are instituted for the sanctification of certain ministries of the Church, certain states of life, a great variety of circumstances in Christian life, and the use of many things helpful to man. In accordance with bishops’ pastoral decisions, they can also respond to the needs, culture, and special history of the Christian people of a particular region or time. They always include a prayer, often accompanied by a specific sign, such as the laying on of hands, the sign of the cross, or the sprinkling of holy water (which recalls Baptism).

1669 Sacramentals derive from the baptismal priesthood: every baptized person is called to be a “blessing,” and to bless.174 Hence lay people may preside at certain blessings; the more a blessing concerns ecclesial and sacramental life, the more is its administration reserved to the ordained ministry (bishops, priests, or deacons).175

1670 Sacramentals do not confer the grace of the Holy Spirit in the way that the sacraments do, but by the Church’s prayer, they prepare us to receive grace and dispose us to cooperate with it. "For well-disposed members of the faithful, the liturgy of the sacraments and sacramentals sanctifies almost every event of their lives with the divine grace which flows from the Paschal mystery of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ. From this source all sacraments and sacramentals draw their power. There is scarcely any proper use of material things which cannot be thus directed toward the sanctification of men and the praise of God."176

Various forms of sacramentals

1671 Among sacramentals blessings (of persons, meals, objects, and places) come first. Every blessing praises God and prays for his gifts. In Christ, Christians are blessed by God the Father "with every spiritual blessing."177 This is why the Church imparts blessings by invoking the name of Jesus, usually while making the holy sign of the cross of Christ.

1672 Certain blessings have a lasting importance because they consecrate persons to God, or reserve objects and places for liturgical use. Among those blessings which are intended for persons - not to be confused with sacramental ordination - are the blessing of the abbot or abbess of a monastery, the consecration of virgins and widows, the rite of religious profession and the blessing of certain ministries of the Church (readers, acolytes, catechists, etc.). The dedication or blessing of a church or an altar, the blessing of holy oils, vessels, and vestments, bells, etc., can be mentioned as examples of blessings that concern objects.

Popular piety

1674 Besides sacramental liturgy and sacramentals, catechesis must take into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the faithful. The religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church’s sacramental life, such as the veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions, the stations of the cross, religious dances, the rosary, medals,180 etc.

Oh and there is a partial indulgence attached to the use of blessed rosary, scapular, medal or cross or crucifix. See the document on indulgences issued by the Church. It is plenary on one day (Sol. of St’s Peter and Paul) (with certain conditions) when they are blessed by the Pope or a Bishop. But they need to be blessed!

My thoughts exactly. xD

Since we are Christians can’t we just bless our own stuff, like say, Lord bless my rosary,
I mean were allowed to baptist in an emergency.

One can always pray or even use holy water etc in various aspects of life.

But the blessing of rosaries and medals etc are really what are to be blessed by a Priest, Deacon or Bishop. They are then blessed sacramentals.

Yep, completely agree with asd72.

Something’s fishy, and it’s not even Friday…:cool:

No offense to anyone, but it sounds like people are really jumping the gun here. All we know is what the secretary said, and nothing has come directly from the priest himself. People are saying to write the Bishop, complain this way and that, but they’re saying this based on a post about something a secretary said. I’d say talk to the priest and go from there. And asking advice on internet forums about something like this is not necessarily going to net you the best course of action, and could well lead others to gossip.


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