This is something I've been dying to ask Catholics! I'm about to start RCIA and become one myself :)
As a child in the UK I remember a programme on Sunday mornings which was 'the mass' basically and it encouraged viewers to join in by having a candle, some bread and a glass of wine to hand. I tried to join in but I was about 8 - so I had a yellow pencil for candle, a slice of normal bread and some blackcurrent squash. I know it sounds funny - but even as a child, when I realised I'd not been baptised, I decided I should baptise myself and I had a bath and remember my (very considered) words at the time "Please God, bless this water and make it holy" and then I had the bath and said something like "Please baptise me in the name of the father...etc". I mention this only to clarify that my memory of this programme was very clear - not something I imagined, though few people seem to remember it.
I raised the question of this 'mass at home' programme on a different forum once and was surprised to hear that many people who didn't/couldn't attend church - or who felt the church itself 'wasn't for them', found great solace in receiving communion at home. I didn't go as far as to ask what their usual ritual was in this regard - or if they bought the wafers or based it on the Catholic mass. But some received it every day at home and at their own hand - others less frequently.
I personally understand where they're coming from and can't see that Jesus himself would say they were wrong. Remember, he reprimanded the apostles when they complained a 'non member' was baptising people in his name.
So this is my question...do you think it's wrong? Do you think it would be as valid as receiving communion from a priest? And if not, why not? I look forward to hearing what people make of this idea :) And thank you for your time X
NOTE: Sometimes I think we focus way too much on the letter of the law and lose the spirit of the law - and I see it quite a bit on this forum from time to time - I know it's cliched, but I do think it's worth wondering 'What would Jesus do?" - what would he say? Would he condemn? Would he celebrate? Would he be present at a persons 'home mass'?