From a reader…
I can’t thank you enough for your ministry, it has been helpful in more ways than I can say.
When I was a young man I converted to the Catholic faith from agnosticism via evangelical Protestantism.
Shortly afterward I was recruited to bring Holy Communion to older Catholics in retirement communities. I was given a pyx to use and did so. I have carried that pyx with me through many moves because I have no idea what to do with it. I will not use it for its intended purpose as it is not a proper container for the Host as the inside is plastic.
What should I do with a container that has held the Eucharist but was not a proper container in the first place?
Thank you for your time and please be assured of my prayers.
Thanks for being diligent about this. Also, your coming into the Church from an Evangelical background is interesting in light of your consistent reading here, given what I’ve written about the demographic sink hole that is opening up under Church in these USA.
A couple things are possible.
The simplest would be to take that pyx to the parish with you and give it to the priest. To the priest. Not to the secretary. To the priest. Perhaps to a deacon.
If you are not able to get it to a priest at the parish right away, you could give it a soak in water for a couple of days, and then pour that water onto the ground. Dry it well and wait to turn it in.
Once you have taken a step or two to make sure that it is clean and there are no particles of the Eucharist in it, there isn’t a huge rush.
Otherwise, if you really can’t turn it in, for the reason that it is of an unworthy material, you could use a high temperature fire and then bury what is left in the ground.
This raises questions about selection of and training of lay people who bring the Eucharist to the sick and shut it. What are their practices? For example, when do they get Hosts? At Communion time? Then they are finishing hearing Mass while they have the Blessed Sacrament. Do they leave right away? Then they’ve left before Mass was over. Do they hang out and chat with people? Do they go straight to the home or place where the shut in person is waiting, or do they go to the gas station or run home first, etc. Do they keep the pyx until the next week? Do the purify it?
There are a lot of questions.
Consecration of the hand’s of priests during ordination means something or it doesn’t.
How we treat the Blessed Sacrament reveals something about our Faith.