Bishop allows parishes to reinstate Communion from the chalice

Special to The Message

Bishop Joseph M. Siegel has decided that, beginning with the Masses for the Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy) on April 15-16, parishes and other institutions of the Diocese of Evansville may once again offer Holy Communion from the chalice to the faithful. 

With this return of Holy Communion from the chalice, all other diocesan-level pandemic protocols for the celebration of the Mass and other sacraments/liturgies are hereby lifted.

Please note – parishes do not have to start this weekend. Each parish should take the time needed to ensure that it will be able to distribute the Precious Blood reverently and properly.

Pastors/administrators, PLCs in consultation with their priest moderator and superiors of religious houses will decide if and when to offer Holy Communion from the chalice to the faithful. Any decision to resume – or not to resume – should be made in consultation with parish clergy and staff. 

Please visit parish websites and check parish bulletins for details and schedules for each parish.