Can Lay Ministers give Blessings at Mass?



A child walks with his or her parents as they go up to receive the Holy Eucharist at communion time during the Mass. This child has not reached the age to receive yet, so they cross their arms over their chest in order to receive a blessing instead. Does the Church allow “extra ordinary minister of Holy Communion” to give a blessing to this child as a priest or deacon?

In many local Parish churches, you will find this practice to some degree, but is it allowed? Does the Church have an official teaching on this type of blessing for those individuals who cannot receive the Holy Eucharist? Actually, the rubics for the Mass does not call for a blessing to be given in this situation and is silent with regards to this. The official blessing is given by the priest at the end of Mass to everyone in the church. So, if it is not formally written in the rubics, then we are to error on the side of not adding to the Mass what is not spoken of. That said, what should be done about this practice? We’ll, it basically falls on the discretion of the pastor at the local level.

You see, a lay person does not have the power, ability or the authority to confer a blessing in the way that a bishop, priest or a deacon does. For example: A father can give his own children blessings because of his state of marriage, that sacrament of Holy Matrimony that includes the blessing of parents for there children. But that is at a level that is very different than the clergy.

So, what does the lay minister do when confronted with someone coming up to receive a blessing at communion? Well, touching the person on the shoulder and saying “God bless you,” just as you would say to someone who had just “sneezed.” But again, your pastor is one that needs to clarify this practice at the local level.

Until next time, God bless.

I’m Back! ” (I think)

We’ll, it’s been 3 months since I last posted anything on my blog. Sorry, but I have been too busy lately. Generally I like to pick a topic or particular teaching of the Church and give the best answer in the limited space of (500 – 800 words). Moving forward, I’ll try and post something every couple of weeks.

Hope everyone is having a great summer season!

Until next time, God bless!

The Suffering of Christ gives Meaning to our Lives

God loved us so much, that he gave us his only begotten son. He didn’t just love us theoretically, but he came and expressed that love by suffering and dying for us on a cross and then rising again from the dead. And some of you might ask, “why did he do it that way and not some easier way?” And the answer to that is, “I don’t know,” other than to say that that is the way he wanted show the full expression of his love. Continue reading

Do Animals go to Heaven?


Have you ever wondered if your pet dog or cat goes to heaven when they die? That can be a hard question to answer, especially if a young child is asking the question. How do we answer someone who has lost a pet animal that they love and consider to be part of the family? Do animals go to heaven? Are animals “saved?” Continue reading

Becoming Catholic – Is RCIA the only way?

If someone feels led to join and become a member of the Church Jesus founded (the Catholic Church), must they always go through the process known as RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)? In order to answer that question, let us first take a look at what RCIA is. Continue reading

Did God Create Evil?


Have you ever heard this question: “If God is all good, then why is there evil in the world?” You might have heard this question put another way, such as – “As a Christian, we believe that God created all things. We are told that He created the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. He then told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of that tree or you shall surely die. If He created this, then it must mean He created evil. So, how can a loving personal God create evil?” Continue reading

Christianity – Is it only about a Personal Relationship?

God has revealed Himself to the world through His son Jesus Christ. St. Paul says, “Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth (Colossians 1:15-16).” So, once we have found the truth of who God is, then we must respond to His call. We are called to love Him with all our heart, soul and mind. And through that love for Him, we are then asked to show that love to everyone around us. But, for many Christians today, the aspect of a personal relationship with our Lord seems to be the only focus. What is the Catholic Church’s view about our relationship with Christ? Continue reading