Post # 1
My husband and I are Catholic and since we started TTC, I didn’t partake in the communion wine, just the body of Christ and I have continued this through my pregnancy. I know it’s just a sip of wine but I have still chosen to forgo it.
Anyone else forgoing this part of Holy Communion? Just curious to see what others think. When I went through RCIA, they said that many people choose not to partake for various reasons and it’s perfectly acceptable to just accept the body of Christ.
Post # 3
When I was a practicing Catholic I never participated in drinking the wine because of the germ factor.
Post # 4
@KatyElle: Same here. I only participated in communion wine at my wedding because DH was the only one to drink out of it so far. But the germ factor totally turns me off. I don’t even like giving the sign of peace to people because it grosses me out to touch so many hands before I go for communion. Butttt… maybe I’m a weirdo haha.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I’m Methodist, not Catholic, and we have grape juice available for those who abstain for whatever reason. Also, we usually, though not always, dip the wafer in the wine or juice so there is very very very little alcohol involved.
I feel that if you as a Catholic honestly believe in your holy sacrament, then the wine is not wine and there is no alcohol at all… so you should be able to drink the wine.
Post # 6
At my church, they offer grape juice for those who are pregnant, recovering alcoholics or just don’t choose to drink wine. If your church does not offer this, you should speak to them about it! (We moved a lot and my mom was the one to get this instituted at a few places, even though we all drank the wine, because she wanted to make it more welcoming environment for others.)
My church also offers a choice between the communial wine glass and individuals little sip cups, which solves the germ problem. The grape juice is only in the individuals cups.
Post # 7
@mrsSonthebeach: Please don’t try to hypothesize about what Catholics believe if you aren’t Catholic. I’m Catholic and everyone I know still recognizes the physical components of the bread and body. We don’t expect people with severe gluten intolerance to eat the bread?
Jesus is not physically bread and wine, that is an earthly form the way our bodies are physical forms (but we are something more than bone and blood). We believe God is wholly present in the Eucharist, but that doesn’t mean my piece of bread tastes like flesh.
OP, I don’t think I’ll drink the wine at communion when I’m pregnant, but that’s for the germ factor. You are totally right that it’s okay to just accept the body– I didn’t drink last week because I had a cold! I don’t think the small amount of alcohol would really have an effect, but I don’t think I’d want to be exposed to all the germs.
Post # 8
I think it’s fine if a pregnant woman wants to take the blood -putting aside the transubstantiation issue, really, you only need to take the smallest of sips, literally just a drop.
As you mentioned, the blood and the body are equivalent in terms of receiving the sacrament, you only need to take one or the other.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
@kay01: this wouldn’t work in a Catholic parish, I don’t think. What kind of church do you go to?
Post # 10
@bookworm88: I’m not Catholic, and I had the same POV as mrsSonthebeach – since it’s not believed to be bread and wine, it should be ok. I asked FI (who is very Catholic) about this just now, and he agreed as well. So I guess everyone’s beliefs are different.
Regardless, I think one tiny sip once a week is fine.
Post # 11
I grew up Catholic (became lapsed as an adult), and I’ve never drank the wine. I think sticking with the Communion wafer is fine.
Post # 12
Do Catholic churches not offer the individual cups as an alternative? The Lutheran churches I’ve attended have always had little tiny cups that you could use (they are filled before the service) if you are sick or if for some other reason you wouldn’t want to use the big cup. It never occured to me that not all churches would do that. I’m curious now.
Post # 13
@SimpleGifts: Any church I have attended mass in (and I’ve attended in a few states across the country) do not even offer the blood at a regular Sunday mass, let alone individual cups. Only the priest takes it.
I’ve only taken it twice, and that was at masses at retreats I went to in high school.
I’m pretty sure if someone specifically requested to take it, the priest would offer it. I can’t imagine they would deny someone.
But at the end of the day, it’s really not a concern. It’s logistics in my opinion. It is far easier/quicker to hand out a wafer than the cup. Also minimizes the likliehood of spilling, which is not a good thing. And as mentioned before, the body and the blood are equivalent – you don’t have to take both to receive the sacrament.
Post # 14
@Mrs. Eagle: Baptized Catholic, currently Lutheran, attended various churches of both growing up (moved around a lot – dad in military & parents were different religions). I am fairly certain my grandmother’s Catholic church currently follows these practices.
It frankly absolutely astonishes me that in todays day and age the Catholic church would not offer an option for pregnant women and alcoholics (even if they ignored the sick people factor), beyond a “just don’t participate” attitude. One sip can literally be too much for some folks in either category. I suppose I should just chalk it up to one more reason why I do not feel comfortable making it my spiritual home any more.
Post # 15
@kimm99: Thanks for your answer! I had no idea that was common practice. I am always intrigued by the difference between different denominations.
Post # 16
Catholic and pregnant…and I just skip the chalice. Technically, the host is the body AND blood of Christ. My home parish growing up didn’t even offer the consecrated wine except for on special occasions.