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Communication on March 28, 2008

2009.08.27 11:32

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* Publication of Guidelines for Exceptional Reservation of the Most Holy Eucharist

 

The Korean bishops approved the publication of Guidelines for Exceptional Reservation of the Most Holy Eucharist at the 2008 Spring General Assembly of the CBCK.

 

According to the Guidelines, if anyone wishes to reserve the Most Holy Eucharist in any place apart from churches or oratories designated by the Code of Canon Law or the liturgical norms, written permission from the diocesan bishop is needed. The Guidelines also stress that besides giving permission for the place of repose, the bishop should also supervise its continuous management.

 

The Guidelines follow the general principles of the Code of Canon Law cann. 934-940, the Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani 2002 arts. 314-317, De Sacra Communione et de Cultu Mysterii Eucharistici Extra Missam arts. 9-11, and the Instruction of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Redemptionis Sacramentum nn. 130-132, which state that the blessed Eucharist must be reserved in the cathedral church or its equivalent, in every parish church, in a church or oratory attached to a house of a religious institute or a society of apostolic life, in a bishop's chapel and, by permission of the diocesan bishop, in other churches, oratories and chapels.

 

Then, the Guidelines refers to principles for exceptional reservation of the Most Holy Eucharist in the following cases: elderly priests and retired clergy who want to reserve the Most Holy Eucharist in a tabernacle of a chapel or an oratory attached to their house; some religious institutes or societies of apostolic life who plan to prepare a tabernacle in local house; parishes that have an extra tabernacle in a chapel for perpetual adoration besides that of the main church.

 

The Guidelines underlines three essential elements for exceptional reservation of the Most Holy Eucharist: the permission and continuous supervision of the diocesan bishop; a proper place for reservation of the Most Holy Eucharist; security of the place where the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved.

 

* Publication of Living the Real Faith, a Guidebook for the Faith Experience Program for Catechumens

 

Living the Real Faith, a guidebook for the Faith Experience Program for Catechumens, was published by the Korean Conferences of Major Superiors of Men and Women Religious Institutes with the support of the CBCK, on Easter Sunday,  March 23, 2008.

 

This guidebook was prepared for faith formation which puts more stress on prayer and experience than on learning by rote. It presents faith experience programs for catechumens and useful information about diocesan martyrs' historical sites, retreat houses run by religious institutes, good religious books and audio-visual materials, and so on.

 

It provides guidance for catechumens to visit religious houses and to experience the prayer, liturgical and charitable life of religious. It helps them so that they can receive Baptism with a renewed attitude of love for God and their neighbors.

 

In remarks at the time of publishing, the Rt. Rev. Abbot Simon Peter Ri Hyeong-u, the President of the Korean Conference of Major Superiors of Men's Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life, said, "We, the Korean religious, came to issue this guidebook to provide catechumens with faith experience programs of prayer and liturgy for their spiritual maturity."


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