Sacrament Holy Communion

At Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Holy Communion at Mass is distributed in both kinds, the Body and Blood of Christ. It is the choice of the communicant whether to receive from the chalice.

The Church teaches that “Holy Communion has a fuller form as a sign when it takes place under both kinds. For in this form the sign of the Eucharistic banquet is more clearly evident and clearer expression is given to the divine will by which the new and eternal Covenant is ratified in the Blood of the Lord, as also the connection between the Eucharistic banquet and the eschatological banquet in the Kingdom of the Father.” (See Norms for the Distribution of Holy Communion under Both Kinds).

Holy Communion visits are made weekly to parishioners who are in nursing homes within the parish. The priests and deacon brings Holy Communion to those who are ill or cannot leave their homes on the First Friday of the month. If you would like to receive Holy Communion because of one of the circumstances, please call the parish office, (717) 697-2614, to make arrangements, or use this request form.