From a reader…
The attached strongly worded letter was in our bulletin today and it has left me greatly disturbed. In the past two weeks we have found Jesus left on the floor, not once, but twice. I am also sickened by this and greatly saddened. I was hoping for communion in the hand to be eliminated at our parish.
Our bishop does not permit communion to be distributed solely on the tongue, but my understanding is that if there is a risk of profanation, it is not to be given in the hand. How much risk does there have to be? I don’t want to read about Jesus being left on the floor week after week.
First off, I would rejoice in having a pastor so clearly dedicated to preserving the sanctity of the Blessed Sacrament. Pray for him. Let him know how much you appreciate his concern and that you share his concern. Offer to spend some time in the Church, both in reparation for the desecration of Our Eucharistic Lord and also to pray for the souls of those who mistreat the Blessed Sacrament.
Work with the pastor. He seems to be on the side of the angels. Try and figure out the best way to solve this problem. Perhaps there is some poor catechesis lingering from the past.
Does the parish need new, orthodox volunteers to help teach catechism to the younger children?
Is there a need for better teachers in the RCIA or adult religious education programs?
Would organizing holy hours be something that would help?
Let him take the lead, but be ready to pitch in and help.
Meanwhile, you are right about risk of profanation. In Redemptionis Sacramentum we read:
[92.] Although each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice, if any communicant should wish to receive the Sacrament in the hand, in areas where the Bishops’ Conference with the recognitio of the Apostolic See has given permission, the sacred host is to be administered to him or her. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister, so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful.