[quote="doormouse73, post:17, topic:309771"]
thats not the point of what im trying to make/say.
to look at the attendances of people in the U K Catholic Churches it is dwindling to say the least..and other denominations aswell.
now in the last 6/7 years i can see a lot of people converting or having their children baptised/Christened in the Church i attend.
these people have been touched by the Holy spirit i believe in the actions of the blessing of the priest,the acceptant of the family(Church congregation).and most of all witnessing that Jesus is present in the Eucharist and wine. a lot of other contributions aswell i should imagine..but the blessing has played its part....
now the Church(Rome,Vatican)does not say it disagrees or agrees with this,it is still in council...
this is in the sticky at the top of the page.............
so really no one has the right to condemn any body for this...
its about a personal relationship with Jesus.. some time more often than not,the Catholic faith is caught not just taught.to start of with....
Yes, please read it.
....Recently, however, a document has appeared in several Internet sources which indicate that the Holy See is tending toward a negative view of the practice. The document is a letter (Protocol No. 930/08/L) dated Nov. 22, 2008, sent in response to a private query and signed by Father Anthony Ward, SM, undersecretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship.
What is happening here is a novelty that someone thought "would be nice" is introduced into the liturgy. Soon, we have a monkey see-monkey do reaction. Others start doing it. "Fr says it's ok, so it must be"
Changes to the Liturgy, are not introduced in this manner. It simply doesn't work that way. There are men in Rome who have given their life to the service of Holy Mother Church, who have studied long and hard, and who are entrusted to safeguard the Liturgy, and make changes as they see fit after much discretion.
What we think as laity and parish priests doesn't matter. Look at it this way. The moment of Holy Communion is one of the most important acts we make as Roman Catholics. This excuse of " what will people think if I don't go up to receive ? " is silly. Actually, by going up for a blessing, one is placing him/herself front and center for the entire congregation to see ! The number of people noticing one isn't receiving is increased.
What do I think when I happen to notice someone isn't going up for Communion ? I think I'm seeing a display of piety and respect for the Blessed Sacrament that will please God the Father.