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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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“Each Mass contains the slaying of the Victim, not repeated here in the West after centuries, made once only long ago in Palestine, yet part of the sacrifice offered throughout the world each morning. All Masses are one sacrifice, including the death of the cross, continuing through all time the act of offering then begun … Every time we hear Mass we look across that gulf of time, we are again before the cross, with his mother and St. John; we offer still that victim then slain, present here under the forms of bread and wine.”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Blessing of Children on the Communion Line
published 4 March 2013 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

WOULD like to know what you make of this experience I had today. Over coffee and donuts in the large parish here in California I met a family I didn’t know before. After the usual pleasantries the wife said that she thought our pastor was cruel because he told them that their pre-Communion 5 year old could not receive a blessing when the other family members came up for Communion. She thought the pastor was being disobedient to the norms by refusing this and said that her daughter cried after being rejected.

Unless I am wrong, I thought this type of blessing was an innovation rather than the approved norm, but in California, apparently, it is the usual. So, how is a person who probably reads only the local Catholic paper, if that, to know that it is the Pastor who is being obedient and the others that are being innovative and probably disobedient. That is what I told her I believed to be the case, but does it vary from diocese to diocese?
I was told that my pastor ruled out such blessings only a year ago.
If you can write me at chervinronda@gmail.com, I promised the mother I would talk to her about this next time I see her.