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Diocese clarifies guidance on taking Holy Communion

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Posted at 11:44 AM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 12:44:30-04

The Diocese of Lafayette is clarifying the guidelines for taking Holy Communion as Louisiana enters phase 1 of reopening.

With the governor's announcement on Monday about the slow reopening of the state on Friday May 15, churches will be getting back to some normalcy when holding services.

On Tuesday, Bishop Douglas Deshotel clarified that starting on Friday, Holy Communion can be taken by hand and by tongue. He says that every precaution will be make to prevent contact between the minister and the communicant.

Holy Communion by tongue was previously discontinued as a precaution.

"Every Catholic has a right to receive Holy Communion in the most reverent way they deem, in the hand or on the tongue. Therefore, if anyone desires to receive communion on the tongue they may certainly do so with every precaution taken not to make contact between the minister and the communicant. I appeal to your good judgment and common sense as we begin the process of opening our liturgies and serving the spiritual needs of our people." a message for Deshotel stated.

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