Reception of Holy

Reception of Holy
Question from jan on 6/5/2008:

My Mom is in the nursing home and has alzehmers. She can walk yet and feed herself. She cannot remember from one minute to the next. She can pray the Hail Mary with us though. The priest has Mass at the nursing home every Thursday. The sister that helps him will not give Mom Holy Communion. She said she doesn't give it to someone who doesn't have their right mind. After Mass is over she goes to the alzehmers unit and gives communion to all the others that don't have there memories anymore. My question: Doesn't my Mom have the right to receive Jesus? Her soul is not dead and she isn't dead yet either. Doesn't Jesus love her and want to come to her even though her body is sick?
Answer by Jason Morin on 6/10/2008:

Hello Jan,

Yes she is permitted to receive the Eucharist. Try speaking with the priest. Let him know it is important to you and your mother that she receive the Body of Christ. If this does not work, please contact your local Bishop. The Bishop might speak with the priest (the ideal situation) or you might want to request becoming an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist so you might bring the Eucharist to your mother on Sundays.

Here is an excellent link from the National Catholic Partnership on Disability to the Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities issued by the NCCB in 1978 and reaffirmed in 1988.

Best of luck.


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