When you see a headline like "St. Charles Borromeo serves fresh, homemade Eucharist every week" you have got to laugh since it sounds like a Madison Avenue ad campaign pitch. For those who have a skeptical mind like mine you will be glad to know that the recipe they use will result in valid matter for the Eucharist.
LIVERMORE — "Give us this day our daily bread" may be what Catholics pray at Mass before receiving the Eucharist, but for many churches, the prayer should go more like this: "Give us this day our daily machine-manufactured Holy Communion wafer."
However, the bread baking ministry at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Livermore is sticking to the original.
If done right there is of course nothing wrong with this practice of involving a large part of the parish in producing Communion hosts. The only caveat is that I would think homemade bread would be much more susceptible to crumbs and that even more special care would be required in distributing it. This is problematic considering that it is rather rare to see the use of Patens. You might have a dozen Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, but no one to help ensure that the Eucharist is not dropped.
Thinking about this I do wish that every parish used patens. My own parish does and I think that it emphasizes the reality of the Eucharist and its sacredness. To take such care accentuates the truth that the every particle of the Eucharist fully contains the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus. When I see the paten holder raise the paten up closer to my chin as as receive the Eucharist on the tongue it does once again remind me of the sacredness of the Eucharist. I do find it rather odd that there has been so much attention paid to involving members of the parish during the Mass, yet something so obvious such as having people on hand to hold a paten is overlooked. Or maybe they are just paten pending.