[quote="Della, post:11, topic:331139"]
I hope all went well with the parish picnic and other concerns. We went camping with mixed results. I came home with a foot injury I'm recovering from. :p
All the best with the annulment process. We went through it too, but in our case it was a simple lack of form, so it only took a few weeks to receive word back. For those who have to wait when they yearn for the Sacrament, it's all the sweeter when we can receive. God bless your patience and willingness to do what is required out of obedience, which is more pleasing to God than you can possibly know. God bless you and yours! :D
The picnic was lovely. I ended up making a few large bowls of nacho meat (burger, seasoning, onion and black beans) and then setting up a few smaller bowls of cheese, sour cream, and a tray of peppers and olives. It was all eaten before the clean up :)
Oww! I hope your foot heals quickly!
I am happy your annulment was speedy and uncomplicated. Mine should also be uncomplicated, but not speedy. My priest sees no reason for it to be denied on various grounds. However, if it were to be denied, I could apply again under the Petrine Privilege as my former "husband" has never been Baptized and has no intention of being Baptized as he is a Pagan. So, eventually I will be free to convalidate my current marriage and recieve the Sacraments. Waiting is the hardest. I have never been long on patience. Maybe the point of this whole mess is for me to learn to be patient.
[quote="TerryJT, post:12, topic:331139"]
Welcome to the Church!
Also keep in mind some people don't take the cup because they me be amongst our brothers and sisters who struggle with alcohol problems.
I remember going to a Lutheran church and a Baptist church when I was younger that used grape juice instead of wine because of parishioners struggling with alcohol addiction (Lutheran) or because they did not believe in alcohol of any kind (Baptist). Instead of a cup, both used a tray with teeny tiny thimbles of the juice that was blessed and then passed around during Communion.
[quote="fred_conty, post:13, topic:331139"]
Some people too cannot take the bread because of allegies.
Before Vatican II, I received both the body and blood in an eastern rite catholic mass. But they dunked the body into the blood and then gave it to me. I liked that very much.
I found out later that one of the popes around the 11th century offered to restore the giving of the precious blood during communion if there were enough bishops who wished that. But since he did not receive enough requests for it, he didn't do it.
Just some thoughts.
"God is love, and all who live in love abide in God and God abides in them." (hymn)
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I love Catholic history. My husband and I have been watching Youtube videos of lectures given on history and tradition. I could research and learn for the rest of my life and still find something new!