HOLY COMMUNION OUTSIDE CHURCH
Instructions for the people:
(All: please read the following directives CAREFULLY and follow them)
(What we do is not Drive-By Communion, but ‘Communion outside the Church’)
Communion will be given at 4 different times:
11: 00 am, 11: 30 am, 12: 00 noon, & 12: 30 pm.
Please do not all of you come at the same time: 11: 00 am will probably be the most ‘crowded’, as it is the earliest and the one immediately after the live streamed mass. As much as possible choose one of the other time slots to avoid crowding.
We ask you to participate in a live stream mass, before coming for communion; not necessarily from St. Callistus, but from somewhere, anywhere.
If you are not well, or having a cold, coughing, sore throat, fever, etc. PLEASE do not come; Stay home. You don’t want to get more ill, nor do you want to make someone else ill.
You must wear a mask.
There will be two entrances: one from the Dam Road by the side, the other through the main drive way (by the side of the parish office). Those who come by the Dam Road entrance, after receiving Communion, will leave by the exit to the Dam Road itself, or go through the main parking lot as needed. But be careful about traffic; avoid having an accident. (see diagram below)
When you get here, follow the instructions given by the volunteers
The windows of the car should be rolled up until you reach the priest. Stay in the car, the priest will come to you
and give communion.
Those who receive Holy Communion should consume it immediately, before moving your car away.
After consuming the Eucharist, move your car to a vacant parking space and pray for two minutes and only then drive out.
(Please pray before receiving Communion and after receiving Communion. For your convenience, a ‘Prayer before Communion’ and a ‘Prayer after Communion’ are given at the end of these instructions. You can use those or your own prayers. But make sure you do pray. We have to receive the Eucharist with care and devotion)
(Please do not invite people from other parishes, your friends, relatives, and so on. We are trying to take care of the spiritual needs of OUR people as best as we can. If too many people come, we may not be able to follow the directives from the state/county).
Prayer before Communion:
Father in heaven, you have made us for yourself; our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Fulfill this longing through Jesus, the Bread of life, so that I may witness to him who alone satisfies the hungers of the human family. By the power of your Spirit lead us to the heavenly table where we may feast on the vision of your glory forever and ever. Lord Jesus, come into my heart, bless me, my family and all people. Amen.
Prayer after Communion:
Thank you, good and gracious Jesus, for coming to me. In spirit I humbly kneel before you. And, with burning soul I pray and beseech thee to fix deep in my heart, lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity. Grant me true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment. While I contemplate with great love and tender pity thy five most precious wounds, pondering over them within me, and calling to mind the words that David, thy prophet said of thee, my Jesus, “They have pierced my hands and feet, they have numbered all my bones”. Jesus, I love you. Help me to be always faithful to you. Amen.