I’m writing to encourage everyone to contact the US Bishops through the USCCB website. I wrote an email to a bishop in the office of Divine Worship, and received a personal response within a week. I was elated. So many times, we write letters to people in power – be it in corporations, political office or the Church, and we never hear back from them.
When we recently visited a church (not our home parish) for mass, my family watched in horror as a deacon treated the body of Christ very gruffly during the purification of the vessels after Holy Communion. This poor man shook the ciborium, packed the hosts and literally crammed the lid on an overflowing vessel. He may have believed that this was truly Jesus’ body, but his actions screamed that it was simply bread. It brought tears to my eyes.
I didn’t know what to do, but I knew that I could not do nothing. So, I went to the USCCB website. There is a drop down under one of the top headings called “About USCCB.” It brings up a list. One of the choices is “Contact Us.” That opens up an email form. You type in your contact information, and choose an office you want it to go to – I chose Divine Worship. There is ample room to write a nice sized letter there.
Within a week, a bishop contacted me. He apologized for the deacon’s poor witness, and assured me that he would spread the word among seminaries that greater emphasis should be taken in reverence training for all seminarians regarding the purification of the vessels. Now, whether that will happen, I do not know. I like to believe that most people mean what they say, and I hope that my little letter will somehow make a difference.
I do believe however in that there is power in numbers. If you have witnessed irreverence toward the Blessed Sacrament on the altar, please write and say so. I think that we should be equally complimentary and supportive, when it is due. We should let them know when we see great things going on in our churches. We should pray for our deacons, priests, bishops and the pope often. Working together, we can better honor the incredible gift that Christ gave us in our Catholic Church.