Arlene Allen uses a dispenser to place a communion wafer into a bowl at St. Agnes Church in Clark, N.J. 'It gives people peace,' a priest says.
At St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Clark, N.J., parishioners no longer handle the communion wafers that they once transferred from one bowl to another at the start of Mass.
Instead, parishioners use a very untraditional looking contraption known as a communion host dispenser. They pull a trigger and wafers are deposited into a bowl for consecration during the Mass.
"There was a big concern about germs on the hands getting on stuff so we use the dispenser instead," said the Rev. Dennis Cohan of the system put in place a couple of years ago.
Read this article here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704415104576065982762908782.html but be aware that it seems to be written by a non-Catholic who does not understand our belief in the Blessed Sacrament and calls It a wafer. So sad! I also believe that we should go back to only an ordained priest or deacon should dispense Holy Communion and on the tongue. That way there would be less people handling the reserved Eucharist and also not touch peoples hands, which are always full of germs. What do you think?