Catholic Church in New Jersey brings back wine offering after COVID-19 hiatus

TRENTON, NJ – The Archdiocese of Newark announces Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, has restored the practice of offering consecrated wine at Mass beginning Holy Thursday, April 6.

Due to COVID-19 concerns and safety restrictions, the faithful have not been permitted to partake in the chalice since 2020. During Mass, only priests have been permitted to partake of the cup.

Although it is not required, taking from the cup is considered a fuller participation in the Eucharist and a direct response to Jesus’ command to take and drink, said Father Thomas A. During the post-pandemic liturgy directive announcement, the Archdiocese’s Office of Divine Worship director said:

The directive also calls for the Archdiocese to foster a renewed fullness in liturgical celebrations and to discontinue remaining pandemic restrictions or accommodations.  Holy water will be restored in baptismal fonts and receptacles, liturgical music will be fully incorporated, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers, and lay readers will return to service, and the faithful will be able to participate fully. 

The directive emphasizes that live streaming or broadcasting Mass is a valuable resource for those unable to attend due to illness or serious health conditions. However, for those without these conditions, attending Mass does not fulfill the obligation.

“Emerging from a period of necessary adjustment during a unique moment in time, the

Archdiocese of Newark earnestly desires to celebrate the liturgy with the full, conscious,

and active participation of all the faithful,” the directive states. “Mindful that most of the faithful’s experience of the Church occurs during liturgy, it is imperative that the liturgical norms be carefully observed.”

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