Fr. Z has a appropriate rant on the dumb practice where some parishes replace Holy Water with sand.
If a parish puts sand in the Holy Water font than I say it is entirely appropriate to place rocks in the collection basket to keep with this theme. Donate elsewhere. A parish that would deprive people of a sacramental because of some liturgical fad has problems indeed.
If you have this problem you can shop at L Mart and get yourself a Portable Font to solve this problem.
Whilst I like the new skates/skateboard theme I must admit that I’m missing those nuns with guns a little. Hope your site is safe without them on guard.
Nun with (no) gun,
The banners now rotate randomly so the Nuns with Guns banner is still there.
Last year when some well-meaning liturgy lay person brought us “through the desert,” I shared the CDW statement with my pastor. Not only did we get a little holy water oasis the next day, but this year there’s no sand to be seen. They either just didn’t know, or just didn’t think about the implications. I do like the rocks in the collection plate idea though, but you’d want to accompany it with a little explanation for maximum effectiveness 🙂
Acts of the Apostasy mentioned this “practice” and made suggestions on how to deal with it: toy army men in the sand or unwrapped tootsie rolls. One person dumped the sand on the floor. I do like the rocks. I’ve never seen this, Thank God! AnneG in NC
The faithful may never be denied free access to sacramentals and proper access to the Sacraments.
The removal of holy water is never allowed with the exception of the two days of anticipation within the Sacred Triduum (Holy Friday and Holy Saturday). It is during that time that the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist is not celebrated and thus holy water is not an neccessary component to combat venial sin.
Alms, Fasting, Prayer.
this has got to be a joke. of course they could be calling this “dehydrated water–to use, just add water”
(ducks to avoid tomatoes)